Swindon Mindful Employers Network News


 Why it’s good business to pay attention to mental health

One in four people suffers from mental health issues in their lifetime, yet the stigma still attached to discussing it in some circles means it remains a delicate topic.  Those circles very much include places of work, where the fear of being labelled weak, incapable or hysterical by colleagues means many struggle in silence, rather than seek help.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon to host workplace stress event for Swindon Mindful Employer

The recently rebranded DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon is to host a session of the highly successful Swindon Mindful Employer Network which features top mental health trainer Adrian Embling of Mindset Wessex on Monday March 13.

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Theresa May promises mental health care overhaul

Theresa May is pledging to help schools and companies in England deal with the “hidden injustice” of mental illness.

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 Stress in the City: ‘At first, I thought my depression was a heart attack’

Geoff McDonald knows a thing or two about the January blues. For many, the start of the new working year is a gloomy period, with the third Monday (this year, 16th January) purporting to be the most depressing day on the whole calendar, what with broken resolutions, bleak weather and the post-Christmas/pre-pay day strain on the purse strings.

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 Isabel Hardman: When my mind stopped working, I realised just how badly we treat mental health

A few years ago, a fellow political journalist asked me, quite sincerely, whether depression “really is an illness”. In 2016, when I decided to speak out about the mental illness that had forced me off sick for two months, the reaction could not have been kinder or more enlightened. I was inundated, not just with messages of support, but with people who I had admired for years telling me that they had been there too.

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 Ruby Wax on mindfulness and why she doesn’t like the term ‘mental health’

She’s not, by the way, a fan of the term “mental health”. “Mental is physical,” she says, frankly. She’d like to get rid of the term, she admits, but is not sure what could replace it. “Brain health,” she ponders. “Like, you’d say liver health.”

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Wake up to the link between poor sleep and work performance

Traditionally, organisations that seek to enhance effectiveness have focused on developing leaders, managing talent and streamlining operations. However, research published in July 2016 by Hult International Business School suggests improving employees’ poor sleep may not only boost their health and wellbeing, but may give businesses a competitive advantage.

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 Why are millennials stressed and what can we do about it?

Contrary to the perception that they’re the generation that’s been handed a free ticket to success, millennial workers were the most stressed. Ninety per cent of the millennials admitted to having been distracted by stress at work in the past year, with over a third (32%) regularly experiencing stress, and 6% being constantly distracted by stress.

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 ‘I walked my way back to sanity’: Bryony Gordon on starting a support group to beat mental illness

Sometimes, when I look out at a sea of smiling faces walking behind me, or wander off for a coffee with a group of people who an hour earlier were complete strangers, I laugh. I laugh because it seems faintly ridiculous that just under a year ago I didn’t know any of this existed.

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