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PTSD: Not Just For Soldiers
Hear Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and I’m sure most imagine the men and women of our emergency services and[...]
Lead From The Top, Or Lose The Race
Mental Health Awareness Week ran from 14th to 20th May. And the subject at the heart of this year’s event[...]
Stress: Are We Coping?
In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 14th to 20th May 2018, I want to share my perspective on an issue[...]
Gender Communication Gap?
​ Is talking about mental health harder for men? Let’s put that in context: not all talking, and not all[...]
Is Resilience All It’s Cracked Up To Be?
Resilience: Probably becoming one of my least favourite words. Not for what it is, but for how it is understood. Say[...]
Fit Note or Sick Note?
A "Fit Note" is a record of advice from your Doctor. But I wonder how many are used as they[...]
“It Will Never Happen To Me”
Complacency:  “a feeling of calm satisfaction with your own abilities or situation that prevents you from trying harder” Cambridge Online[...]
Can Stress Cause Bad Decisions?
He caught himself in the moment... and he couldn’t believe what he was doing. It had been a tough few[...]
Living to Work or Working to Live?
Ever heard the japanese word "karoshi"? No, you can't eat it or get a black belt in it... It translates[...]
Just Saying You Care Doesn’t Mean You Do
In this post I want to bring together the worlds of "Wellbeing" and "Conflict Management" by addressing a couple of[...]
Mental Health Awareness Post Round Up
Awareness events are great, but as Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 draws to a close, far too many may feel[...]
Are you “Surviving” or “Thriving”?
Check out this pair of pumpkins… They are both the same variety of pumpkin. They are both orange. They are[...]
Does “Agile/Home/Flexible” Working Increase Risk?
As the footsteps behind her got louder she knew it wasn’t good. The hairs on the back of her neck[...]
Just because it’s “approved” doesn’t make it safe
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Depression: Don’t “Man Up”!
What makes a young man walk onto a train track and laydown? Or throw himself from a multi-storey car park[...]
Face Down Restraint- Could We Be Missing The Point?
Once again prone or "face down restraint" is in the news. An awful lot has been made about how dangerous[...]
Self Harm: All Just Attention Seeking?
​"Self harm is all about attention seeking, they want people to think they are going to kill themselves""It's something that[...]
Eating Disorders: It’s All Just Vanity
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“We Are All A Bit OCD…Aren’t We?”
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Trust Your Gut- It’s Always Looking Out For You
He couldn't believe he'd been stabbed. And it was bad.How could he have walked into this. He had known something[...]
Suicide… Nobody Saw It Coming?
Suicide...Nobody saw it coming.A routine “Concern for Welfare” job that I would come to deal with on an almost weekly[...]
Why Was Tony Martin Found Guilty?
17 years ago today, Tony Martin, a Norfolk farmer, shot Freddie Barras and Brendan Fearon as they broke into his[...]
Can A Burglar Sue Me If They Get Hurt Breaking In?
Can a burglar sue me if they hurt themselves breaking in? The intruder crept along the hallway, face hidden with[...]
What is Mental Health First Aid?
What is Mental Health First Aid?If you thought a colleague or service user was struggling with their mental health would[...]
Can I carry a weapon just in case?
  "So, I have a rounder’s bat in my car just in case. I can't get done though cos I've[...]
Can I Arm Myself If Someone Breaks In?
  So, everyone's worst nightmare...It's the middle of the night and you are woken by the sound of smashing glass[...]
Under-reporting of Aggression in Housing
  Under-reporting of Aggression in Housing If you manage staff or have responsibility for Health and Safety where you work,[...]
“There’s nothing I can do about it”
  Hands up if you’ve ever been asked to do something at work that you thought was risky. You felt[...]
Assault or Lawful Force?
Assault or Lawful Force? “Touch me and I’ll have your job!” and “Get your hands off me, that’s assault! I[...]
What is Reasonable Force?
​What is Reasonable Force?Have you ever asked this question and been left even more confused by the answer?You are probably[...]