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Living with chronic illness

By Yvonne Hignell, Care & Support Services Director Living with chronic illness wasn’t something that I had planned nor, obviously, something I wanted.  But it’s the life I have so I’ve got two choices: make the best of it and

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Managing a long-term condition

Doctor and patient talking about a long-term condition

Long term conditions or chronic diseases are health problems that can’t be cured, but can be controlled and symptoms eased by medication or other therapies. Examples can include arthritis, asthma, coeliac disease, diabetes, epilepsy and high blood pressure. Getting a long-term diagnosis

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Long-term illness: guidance for managers

Car mechanic working at automotive service center

In the UK around 15% of the working-age population have a chronic illness or disability (European foundation for the Improvement of Living and working conditions, 2003). Long-term conditions or chronic diseases are health problems that can’t be cured, but can be controlled

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Promoting good physical wellbeing in the workplace

Employees eating a healthy lunch

By Yvonne Hignell, Care & Support Services Director An estimated 137.3 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in 2016 (ONS), and in 2014 over half of women and nearly two thirds of men were overweight or

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How to quit smoking

Man breaking a cigarette in half to show quit smoking

It’s never too late to quit smoking, no matter how long you’ve been doing it for. In fact, you may be surprised to hear that your body will start to recover within the first day of being smoke-free! Why do

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Looking after your children’s health

Kids eating healthy food

One in five children in their first year of school were classed as overweight or obese in 2016 (NHS), rising to one in three in year six classes. As part of National Childhood Obesity Week, we’ve put together our advice

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How to become more assertive

Assertive woman making stop gesture.

We’ve all had interactions with people that end with us either wondering why we agreed to an unfair request or feeling regretful about reacting badly. If you’re often left feeling powerless, frustrated or unable to state your views, you could

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Bullying in the workplace

Aggressive manager pointing

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

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Bad management and workplace bullying – its impact on mental health

Stressed businesswoman sat at a desk

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

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Thoughts on what makes a good leader

Manager and colleague in a garage

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

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