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• 11 Dec. 2017

Seeking support at Christmas: helpline opening hours

Our free, confidential helpline is closed on the festive Bank Holidays, but you can call us when we return. If you leave a message we will reply to you. Christmas opening hours Our Christmas opening hours are as follows: Friday

• 11 Dec. 2017

Supporting employees back into work after mental health absence

Around 50% of long-term absences from work are the result of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, according to the NHS. If an employee feels well enough to come back to work, then that’s a very positive

• 7 Dec. 2017

What is OCD?

  Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that affects around 850,000 people in the UK. Although it can be distressing and have a severe effect on everyday life, there are treatments that can help to keep OCD under

• 1 Dec. 2017

Anger management: top tips

Anger is a natural emotion and is something that everyone will experience from time to time. However, if it isn’t handled in the right way, it can be destructive to yourself and others around you. So here are our top

• 14 Nov. 2017

What is Bipolar?

Bipolar disorder (sometimes called bipolar affective disorder) is a long-term condition that causes a person to experience extreme shifts in mood, energy and behaviour. Everyone experiences mood swings from time to time, but people with bipolar experience them more severely

• 6 Nov. 2017

A unified sense of purpose: the JLR challenge

In this article, Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover UK, reflects on the JLR Channel Swim, JLR Bike and JLR Run, which collectively raised over £185,000 for Ben as part of the Industry Leader Challenge. Jeremy explains how,

• 1 Nov. 2017

Are your employees stressed or experiencing burnout?

By Leila Moss, Communications & Campaigns Manager at Ben It’s Stress Awareness Day, so we wanted to raise awareness and offer general information to employers about stress and burnout in the workplace. As someone who has both experienced and witnessed

• 31 Oct. 2017

How to avoid burnout

Burnout is physical and mental exhaustion that happens when we get too stressed for too long. Research has shown that burnout can lead to memory, attention, and emotional problems over time, as well as increase the risk of coronary heart

• 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