Winter solstice – a time to reflect, rejuvenate and look forward

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness” Today is the winter solstice, celebrating the longest hours of darkness or the rebirth of the sun, (a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection), and a great time to light that candle. In Pagan times the winter solstice was referred to as Yule […]

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Need not want

So I mentioned in my blog post yesterday that self care is about doing what we need – ie making sure that we are taking good care of ourselves – rather than doing what we “want” – and I thought it was worth just exploring that idea a little further so that we can dispel […]

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Self care – isn’t that just being selfish?

Self care is not a new concept – it’s been around a while – even quotes attributed to Socrates who was born in 470 BC refer to it so why do we struggle so much with it? We accept that we can only be the best version of ourselves and can only look after others […]

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Triggers. Yes, those.

Before I knew better I always thought when someone spoke of their “triggers” it was like a memory of a past event that was “triggered” by finding themselves in a similar situation, and I guess it is, but actually, I now know, it’s also much more. A trigger is defined in the dictionary as “a […]

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Prevention, intervention and postvention – an HR position

The majority of people who die by suicide are of working age, and only one third of them will have a diagnosed mental health problem – and “employers owe a duty of care to support the mental health and wellbeing of employees. It is the right thing to do and makes good business sense. Understanding […]

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Stress Awareness Week

Next week (5 – 9th November) is dedicated to raising awareness around stress – and stress itself isn’t always a bad thing, a moderate amount of stress can help us perform better. Stress is only healthy though if it is short lived so at what point does stress become distress? Stress is not an illness […]

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What actually is Suicide First Aid?

I’m interested in your opinion please. Yesterday I was chatting to a lady about the work I do delivering Suicide First Aid training and she looked at me horrified and said “I don’t think I could do that – is that where you patch people up or help them if they have injured themselves on […]

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Actions speak louder …

This really caught my attention this morning for lots of different reasons. How often we ‘talk a good fight’ or make ‘promises’ to ourselves that we don’t keep. How many times we commit verbally to something but don’t follow through with action. How talking about something and raising awareness is one thing, but actually doing […]

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Secrets of organisational well-being

Mental Health – “a state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” A state of well-being that is dynamic; it changes day by day, depending […]

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HR Development

Phone call late last night from a client; a HR Director who I’ve done work for over many years. He’d had an email from an employee who currently has a grievance with the business, following a poor performance review meeting. Fairly ‘regular’ HR dealings so far except … The email finished with a description of […]

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Burst that toxic bubble

Death by suicide and suicidal behaviour are a worldwide problem; depending on which research you read, suicide often appears in the top 10 causes of death and various papers describe the groups of people who are statistically more at risk, but whichever paper you read or media piece that you refer to, death by suicide […]

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Pull up your big girl pants!

Say what you mean

Crucial Conversations can take on many forms and have quite wide and varied outcomes. It may be that as a manager you are disappointed by someone’s poor performance and need to have a conversation to correct it; it could be a member of staff has a poor attendance record and in the return to work […]

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