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• 18 Oct. 2017

What is anxiety?

Everyone feels anxious at some point in their lives as a result of life’s stresses such as work, exams or money problems. Anxiety is part of our body’s natural defences – a reaction to feeling under threat, which dates back

• 18 Oct. 2017

What is depression?

Depression is one of the most common mental health challenges faced by people in the UK, and affects how you think and feel. Milder forms of depression can make everyday tasks – such as sleeping or working – harder to

• 5 Oct. 2017

Are you missing the signs of mental health issues in your workforce?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health, like physical health, can fluctuate from ‘good’

• 5 Oct. 2017

How to talk about your mental health

Talking about mental health challenges can seem daunting, but sharing a problem may lift some of the weight from your shoulders. When dealing with a mental health challenge, it can make a huge difference to feel you’re not facing it

• 5 Oct. 2017

Talking to a loved one about their mental health

It’s highly likely that someone you know will go through mental health challenges at some point in their lives. In fact, two thirds of British adults say they have experienced mental ill health (the Mental Health Foundation). Having someone to

• 3 Oct. 2017

How to be a flexible employer

A recent survey by CV Library has found that almost half of employees (47%) cite flexible working as the most desirable workplace benefit they would like to receive[1]. The report ‘Working anywhere: A winning formula for good work?’ – which

• 28 Sep. 2017

Supporting employees who are also carers

By Zara Ross, Chief Executive at Ben 1 in 8 people in the UK (6.5 million) are currently combining paid work with unpaid caring responsibilities. Two thirds of these people work full time, and one third part time. This means

• 27 Sep. 2017

How to boost your chances of getting straight to sleep

Nearly a quarter of people in Britain have problems with poor quality sleep on a regular basis (The Sleep Council) and almost half of us lose sleep because of stress or worries. Adults need between six and nine hours of

• 27 Sep. 2017

How to look after your eyesight

Nearly two million people in the UK are affected by poor eyesight (NHS). According to the RNIB, around half of all sight loss cases in Britain are preventable, yet around a quarter of people haven’t had a sight test in

• 18 Sep. 2017

5 tips for reducing high blood pressure

There are no signs or symptoms of high blood pressure, but it’s a serious issue as it can increase the likelihood of you having a stroke, heart attack or kidney problems. The only way to tell if you have high

• 5 Sep. 2017

Supporting a loved one with dementia

Finding out that a friend, partner or relative has dementia is likely to be frightening and upsetting. It can bring changes to your relationship and challenges to overcome – particularly as those with dementia rely increasingly on support. However, there

• 22 Aug. 2017

Supporting disabled employees in the workplace

By Esi Hardy, Guest Editor and Disability Equality Consultant and Managing Director at Celebrating Disability There are many articles about the best ways to achieve a diverse workforce and why hiring disabled people makes good business sense. To fully understand

• 21 Aug. 2017

Keeping fit when you have a disability

Exercise is important for your physical health and wellbeing, but a disabled person is half as likely to play sport as a non-disabled person (Sport England). In fact, being active can help to reduce day-to-day issues such as strains, muscle

• 18 Aug. 2017

Supporting an employee returning to work after long-term physical health absence

The most common physical health issues causing long-term absence from work are acute medical conditions, musculoskeletal injuries and back pain according to Fit for Work. If one of your employees has been long-term absent from work due to a physical health

• 15 Aug. 2017

Common myths about treating back pain

      By Rosaria Toohey, Lead Physiotherapist, The Therapy Centre, Lynwood Village, Ben Back pain is the biggest cause of disability in the UK, with lower back pain alone accounting for a tenth of cases. Caring for your back

• 9 Aug. 2017

Supporting an older person

According to Age UK, 2.9 million people in the UK aged 65 and over feel they have no one to turn to for help and support. If you have relatives, friends or neighbours who are older and are worried about