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Training around mental health

Mental health training at work – how some organisations might be missing the mark and the point  The entire purpose of training is to build, develop, enhance and strengthen the skills and knowledge of your team, which in turn improves capability.  Training has to change attitudes and behaviour, as well as skill and confidence and […]

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Tribes, pubs and churches!

Loneliness is seen by many as one of the largest health concerns we face. In fact loneliness and social isolation is as bad for your health as smoking, obesity and lack of exercise – it’s actually likely to increase the risk of death by 29%  (Holt-Lunstad 2015). With these facts in mind, it is great […]

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Suicide in Scotland – devastating increase

With all the talk of mental health and campaigns driving awareness, we might expect to see that numbers of deaths by suicide are reducing when actually, the opposite is happening. Scotland have reported a 15% increase in the number of deaths compared to the previous year, with 784 people “probable” suicides. The probable is because […]

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The practical fight against suicide

Last Friday I hosted a webinar to encourage people to see that you don’t have to be a mental health expert or qualified counsellor to make a difference to someone having thoughts of suicide AND not everyone with a mental health problem will have thoughts of suicide AND not everyone with thoughts of suicide will […]

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FREE Webinar – 17th May 2019 at 11am

I believe we have two choices – we can put energy and time into blaming the lack of resources, the long waiting times, the NHS, the Government, Public Health OR we can put energy and time into working together as a community to make a difference to the suicide statistics. But how? If you would […]

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Interview with ‘Explore Your Dark Side’

I had the privilege of being interviewed for a Mental Health Awareness Week – Special this week and am grateful to Stephanie for the opportunity to share my thoughts with her audience. What can YOU do in the fight against suicide? Take a look here INTERVIEW

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Mental Health Awareness Week is NOT the answer!

Controversial? Not one bit. Awareness is great, I tell everyone that – awareness is the very first step and it brings people from a place of ignorance to at least having some knowledge, but awareness doesn’t change anything. Let me put it like this, I can go to get dressed in a morning and find […]

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Shiny trinkets add little value

Saddened this week to read that predictions for suicide rates according to the ONS have increased rather than decreased – despite all the initiatives and suggestions that “It’s OK not to be OK” and “reach out” and organisations proudly signing up to schemes and programmes and MHFA champions. It’s all piece meal. It’s all shiny […]

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Walking the walk

Do we always do what we say we will do or do we sometimes have great intentions but the reality is too much of a challenge? I’ve been ‘trying to lose weight’ since I stopped smoking 16 years ago and although my intentions are good, my actions don’t always support my ambition. Does that mean […]

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37% increase in stress at work

37% of UK businesses have seen an increase in stress-related absence over the last year, with heavy workloads and poor management style to blame, according to a new report from CIPD and Simplyhealth – scary! Now I’ve been in and around management development for over 20+ years (hard to believe, I know 😉) and time […]

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Our expectations of managers

Work related stress, anxiety or depression accounted for over half of all workplace absence in 2018, with 57.3% of absence, and the number one reason for long term absence – according to the HSE. An increase on the previous year and with employees claiming they feel “significantly more stressed at work than they did a […]

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