Category Archives: Depression

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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Tips for surviving the festive season

For a whole host of reasons, the festive season can be a difficult time for many. Here are just some of the reasons why: Loneliness: It is very common to feel lonely and isolated during the festive season when it … Continue reading

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Christmas. ‘Tis the season to be …. stressed?

The pre-Christmas season. A time for letting your hair down with friends and family and enjoying some festive cheer? That’s one way of looking at it. Alternatively, for some, it’s a struggle to manage the additional Christmas commitments alongside the … Continue reading

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HSE figures show extent of illness related to work in UK

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual statistics for 2012/13 have helped shed some light on the extent of the issue ill health related to work. The report has shown that 22.7 million working days were lost in the … Continue reading

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Work is the biggest cause of stress

Research commissioned by Mind and carried out with over 2,000 people has found that work is the most stressful factor in people’s lives with one in three people (34%) saying their work life was either ‘very’ or ‘quite’ stressful (compared … Continue reading

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Employee burnout – don’t let it take hold

According to research carried out with 200 HR Directors by the recruitment firm Robert Half, 30% of HR Directors surveyed reported that employee burnout is a common phenomenon in their organisations across all pay scales. So, what were cited as … Continue reading

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Mental illness – stigma and the need to talk

Articles published across the UK media last week have launched the issue of mental illness into the limelight once again. Michael Johnson, a Manchester City FC midfielder, who has been in the news recently because of reports of his alcohol … Continue reading

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Conflict at work and its effects on staff

A diary-based study carried out with NHS workers and published in May 2012 set out to investigate the emotional effect on employees of witnessing unpleasant interactions with co-workers. The study was carried out with a sample of staff (doctors, nurses, … Continue reading

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There is no exemption from mental health problems

It was reported in January 2012 that Leeds United defender Andy O’Brien was to resume training after receiving treatment for depression. In November 2011 he had refused to play in a match against Bolton, which led to his being disciplined. … Continue reading

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European survey – depression is a major problem in the workplace

The IDEA survey (Impact of Depression in the Workplace in Europe Audit) from the European Depression Association (EDA), which polled more than 7,000 people in seven European countries (including the UK), has produced some startling results. Depression is the predominant mental health … Continue reading

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