Category Archives: Mental Health

Fit for Work – health and work advice, health assessments and return to work plans

Sickness absence is a major problem for the UK economy – 131 million days were lost due to sickness absences in the UK in 2013[i]. It incurs significant costs for employers (e.g. the cost of temporary cover, lost productivity, etc.) … Continue reading

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Stress – the balancing act

Tomorrow (Wednesday 5 November) is National Stress Awareness Day, and this year’s theme is ‘stress: the balancing act’. So many of us have such full lives that it’s often difficult to balance our various commitments such as work, family, hobbies, … Continue reading

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Chief Medical Officer: More must be done to help those with mental illness to stay in work

  The Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO) annual report focusing on the mental health of the nation, which was published on 9 September 2014, has made 14 recommendations to improve public mental health services. Specifically, the report makes a number of … Continue reading

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Post summer blues

So, the summer holidays are over. Everyone is relaxed and bronzed and ready to resume with the daily grind. Or, perhaps not… Research by Bupa, which has combined the views of 2,000 UK workers, shows that 44% of respondents face … Continue reading

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Workplace bullying

Workplace bullying is sometimes known as the ‘silent epidemic’ and many workplaces don’t have any structures in place to deal with it. This is partly because it’s not always easy to define bullying and prove that it is actually taking … Continue reading

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Alcohol and work

Excessive alcohol consumption on the part of employees can manifest itself in various ways, including: employees coming to work with a hangover; staff drinking socially at lunchtime thus becoming less productive and, potentially, putting the safety of other employees at … Continue reading

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Have you got a good work life balance?

The term ‘work life balance’ is one we’ve all heard before, but how many of us really ever give much thought to the way we balance out our work commitments with the rest of our lives? For many, the pressure … Continue reading

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Obesity – a disability for the purposes of discrimination legislation?

Obesity is a term used to describe somebody who is overweight with a high degree of body fat, and there are different levels of obesity (a person with a BMI between 30 and 40 would be considered to be ‘obese’, … Continue reading

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

It’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week (24 February – 2 March 2014), which aims to raise awareness and understanding of eating disorders, challenge stereotypes and stigma, and raise funds for Beat (which provides support to people with eating disorders, as well as their family and … Continue reading

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Work stress – HSE management standards

The HSE’s ‘management standards’ for work-related stress define the culture of an organisation where risks from work-related stress are being effectively managed. The six management standards cover the primary sources of stress at work: Demands: Quantitative demands (workload, working hours, quantity … Continue reading

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