More choice, less wellbeing The natural instinct when you see somebody is suffering with their mental health, stressed, anxious, depressed, in a state of reduced wellbeing is that we should be offering as much support and as many options as possible. It seems to make sense. We want to help, and thinking that as not … Continue reading When Our Wellbeing is Challenged, Less is More.
The Thriving at Work report released in 2017 makes it clear: organisations have a responsibility to the mental health of their employees. The independent review into workplace mental health was commissioned by the Prime Minister in January 2017. Stevenson and Farmer's report looked at how employers can provide better support to all employees. There are … Continue reading Mental Health in the Workplace: Thriving at Work
Published on 26th October 2017, we have created a synopsis of the Stevenson/Farmer Thriving at Work report to give an overview of the main points of the report. The UK is facing a mental health crisis in the workplace. More people are off sick than ever before and more employees are struggling with mental health … Continue reading Thriving at Work (Stevenson/Farmer): a Synopsis
Stop breathing, and we... stop. Keep breathing, and we keep going. However, our breath may be key to more than just existing: new research is showing how the way we breathe is key to how quickly we make emotional judgements, and how we remember. The rhythm of our breathing creates electrical activity in our brain. … Continue reading Breathing is more than life: it’s memory, and decisions
Sing alone - transform your brain; sing together - amplify everything In the shower, in the car - or boldly, in public? Singing is transformative for our brains. Most of us do it in the shower, many in the car. Some go for it walking down the street - and how many smiles does that induce? Positively … Continue reading The Neuroscience of Singing
High awareness? Guilt? January? Cake's on our frontal lobes right now... It's all over the news Dentists across Britain are blaming "workplace cake culture" for rising health issues across the land. At the root (sorry) of the issue is sugar. Which plays havoc with us - psychologically and physically. The psychology of cake: peer pressure … Continue reading Cake – a quiet killer?
I’ve been measuring emotional engagement and well-being for over 18 years, and there is a significant change in the way people are self-reporting their wellbeing. I’m not talking about whether levels of well-being are generally rising or falling, I’m talking about the way in which people feel as opposed to the way they think...
By an NHS Whistle-blower: This week I was interviewed by the BBC as an NHS whistle-blower in the wake of the report from Sir Robert Francis QC - Freedom to Speak Out. Sir Francis has identified 20 principles for safeguarding those people who raise concerns as it is clear that an unhealthily large proportion of us are … Continue reading NHS Whistle-blower – “It all came back to me, the bullying, the horror…”
The knife was stuck in 2013 and the wound kept bleeding in 2014 I don’t know anyone who believed 2013 was a good year. Is there some kind of co-incidence that it was “unlucky” 13? And in any event, isn’t 13 a lucky number if you are a pagan? Well, the fact is, whether we … Continue reading Why 2015 is a great year
Article in People Management "Business is still scared of autism" by Grace Lewis 20 Nov 2014 which is subheaded: HR departments don’t understand the value of candidates with autism spectrum disorder, say experts – and that could mean they are unintentionally discriminating". Employers certainly do appear to be fearful of employees with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but for … Continue reading Autism – Disorder or Valuable Difference?