Tags: Depression

Childhood bullying can affect physical and mental health throughout life

The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to new research by King’s College London. The study is the first to look at the effects of bullying beyond early adulthood, and is published in theAmerican Journal of Psychiatry. The findings come from the British…

Mental health issues on the rise as more teachers suffer from stress

Education staff report a rise in mental health problems among colleagues over the past two years, according to a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). ATL surveyed more than 900 education staff about their mental health and the reasons for any problems, ahead of a debate at the unions annual conference. The…

Ambulance service ‘on verge of breakdown’ due to work related stress

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union is warning the ambulance service is on the verge of breaking down and that the consequences on patient safety could be dramatic. Tight targets, long hours and the physical demands of the job place an enormous burden on overworked ambulance workers according to a UNISON survey. The survey of 1332…

Clifford Chance develops programme to build psychological resilience

International law firm Clifford Chance has developed a unique graduate development programme in conjunction with The Positive Group to raise awareness of the importance of psychological well-being in the workplace. The Performance Optimisation Programme (POP) is aimed at developing more resilient individuals who are able to sustain their performance with the capability to cope and…

Employers urged to ‘influence employees thinking’ when it comes to stress

The growing problem of stress-related absence at work won’t be tackled unless organisations start to think differently about stress, according to a new whitepaper from Right Management Workplace Wellness released today. The whitepaper urges employers to recognise that understanding the process which employees go through in deciding whether to go to work or not is…

UK workplaces show significant increased spend on mental health training

Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA), the leading provider of mental health workplace training, has today released figures which demonstrate a significant increase in spend by UK employers on mental health awareness training.  The company has reported a 400 per cent increase in business spending on MHFA Workplace training since the start of this financial year. These figures…

Mental health in the UK workplace is a challenge that requires urgent tackling, says OECD

The UK must step up and address the challenges posed by mental health in the workplace, according to OECD’s Mental Health and Work report. The Paris-based organisation estimates that mental health issues cost the UK approximately 4.5% of GDP in terms of direct and indirect costs, such as benefit payments, health care expenditure, and lost…

PTSD can affect anyone after a trauma, not just military personnel

Would you know if one of your employees or colleagues was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Would you recognise the symptoms? More importantly, would you know what steps to take that could help? Although most commonly associated with the armed forces, one in three people develops PTSD following a traumatic experience, and symptoms can…

‘Time to Talk’ day today urges us to open up about mental health

The number of us taking the time to sit and chat with someone close is dwindling, according to new research from the mental health anti-stigma programme Time to Change, which shows that two thirds of people (66%) admit they should talk to family and friends more often than they currently do. The findings are released today…

One of the biggest barriers for creating mentally fit workplaces is fear, says Poppy Jaman of MHFA

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England is a Community Interest Company which provides a range of educational courses that teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health problem. In the same way that we learn physical First Aid, MHFA teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning…

One in ten people with mental health problems say they face discrimination every single day

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg made a significant public announcement last week addressing the stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems face. On the same day, the anti-stigma programme Time to Change released the results of its biggest ever survey of people’s experiences of stigma, to launch its latest advertising campaign. You…

Half a million bank workers performance suffering due to stress

Research from Robertson Cooper and the Bank Workers Charity (BWC) has revealed the combination of work and non-work pressures are affecting half a million bank workers in the UK. The findings show that financial worries, caring responsibilities and concerns about the future are all significant home/life factors affecting performance at work. Supporting employees to deal…

Joe Levenson: We need to talk about dying: bereavement support in the workplace

Every minute someone in the UK dies, and almost half of us report having been bereaved in the last five years. Yet society’s response, including in the workplace, often falls short – making it even harder for people to come to terms with the loss of someone close to them. All too frequently people who…

Dr. Alan Watkins: Don’t be a victim of stress, be response-able

Stress is a word worn so smooth by a million tongues that it has lost its utility and its usefulness. But despite this it is still extensively written about, profoundly misunderstood and a frequently misapplied concept. Some authors, such as Angela Patmore in her book, The Truth About Stress, claim that the stress industry, far…