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• 19 Jun. 2017

Bullying in the workplace

Sadly, nearly a third of people in the UK have been bullied at work (Trades Union Congress, 2015). Bullying can be characterised as: offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour. Bullying in the workplace can leave you feeling anxious at the

• 19 Jun. 2017

Bad management and workplace bullying – its impact on mental health

By Leila Moss, Communications & Campaigns Manager at Ben I know first-hand how miserable a person’s life can be if they experience bad management or bullying in the workplace. You spend a lot of time at work so if you’re

• 12 Jun. 2017

Thoughts on what makes a good leader

By Zara Ross, Chief Executive at Ben Leadership and management are not the same thing, but being a strong manager goes some way to being an effective leader. We will each have our own style of management, but it’s important

• 9 Jun. 2017

What is domestic abuse and how can someone facing it get help?

By Yvonne Hignell, Care & Support Services Director Domestic abuse can affect anyone, regardless of gender or background, and it can have a big impact on their mental health, self-confidence and physical wellbeing. It can be overlooked or denied, especially

• 9 Jun. 2017

Handy conversation starters – the art of a good conversation

By Jenny Williams, Digital and Content Marketing Specialist We’ve all been there – you go to chat to someone new or get half-way through a nerve-wracking first date and your mind goes blank. Cue awkward silence and a possible confidence

• 7 Jun. 2017

Beating loneliness amongst men

A staggering 1 in 8 men say they have no friends to discuss serious topics with (such as work, money worries or mental health), according to a YouGov survey for Movember. Men’s chances of having no friends almost treble between

• 16 May. 2017

What to do if you’re worried about losing your home

By Yvonne Hignell, Care & Support Services Director Homelessness was one of the top three reasons people contacted us last year about their social health. So if you’re worried about losing your home, you’re not alone. A staggering 58,000 households

• 16 May. 2017

Improving communication within the workplace

By Jools Tait, Business Development Director Employees are a company’s most important asset. People who are happy at work create a positive atmosphere, are better at problem solving and provide a better service for customers. If employees feel part of an

• 15 May. 2017

How to boost your confidence and self-esteem

By Yvonne Hignell, Care & Support Services Director A lack of self-esteem or self-confidence can have a knock-on effect across all areas of our lives, from relationships and work to mental health. But, there’s a difference between the two.  Self-confidence

• 12 May. 2017

Seven ways to maintain your social life as a parent

Being a parent can be as exciting as it is challenging, but for some people it is also an isolating experience. A staggering 1 in 4 parents say they are always or often lonely, according to Action for Children. Here

• 8 May. 2017

Why mental health is key to wellbeing

By Yvonne Hignell, Care and Support Services Director There’s a lot of evidence, including within our own findings, which suggests strong links between mental health issues (e.g. depression and anxiety) and social challenges (like isolation and loneliness). Furthermore, the impact

• 3 May. 2017

Travelling alone abroad doesn’t have to be lonely

By Jenny Williams, Digital and Content Marketing Specialist (and solo traveller!) Being single or having a partner or friends who aren’t keen jet-setters needn’t stop you from seeing the world. In fact, travelling alone can be the perfect chance to

• 3 May. 2017

Travelling alone in the UK doesn’t have to be lonely

By Leila Moss, Communications & Campaigns Manager at Ben There are a number of reasons why you might be considering travelling on your own. You might be single, divorced, separated or maybe you’ve lost a loved one. Perhaps it’s not

• 26 Apr. 2017

Supporting an employee through a relationship break up

Most people will go through a relationship break up at some point in their lives and research has found that sadly 48% of marriages end in divorce (ONS 2014). It’s not easy to completely separate work and personal life, so

• 26 Apr. 2017

Getting back on your feet after a break up

The feeling of loss after a relationship break up can be similar to how we feel after experiencing bereavement. Even if the split was mutual or you’re the one who initiated it, the end of a relationship can leave a

• 25 Apr. 2017

Five lessons from the ‘4 Pillars Challenge’

By Dave Garrett, Business Change Analyst at Ben At the beginning of the year, I set myself an epic personal challenge to raise money for Ben by covering 4,000 ‘self-propelled’ miles in a year by walking, swimming, running, kayaking and