Category Archives for "Mental Health"

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

Mental Health

Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Before you start whistling or humming yourself into a nostalgic frenzy, a question … have you heeded the advice of the great Bobby McFerrin (he’s the guy who sang it). He’s only been telling us for 30 years! It’s a beautifully simple idea, and now that that chorus is stuck on loop in […]

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Gender Communication Gap?

Mental Health , oakwood

Share0 Tweet0 Share0 ​ Is talking about mental health harder for men?Let’s put that in context: not all talking, and not all men, but the kind of difficult conversations that need to be had by managers about certain aspects of wellbeing, notably work-related mental ill-health. I’m concerned about this for several reasons. The most obvious being […]

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Is Resilience All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Mental Health , news

Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Resilience: Probably becoming one of my least favourite words. Not for what it is, but for how it is understood. Say the word and images of SAS soldiers charging up mountains and enduring unspeakable hardship spring to mind. Hero’s battling and triumphing against insurmountable odds. Grit. Gumption. The right stuff. Anything less is “weakness”. It’s […]

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Fit Note or Sick Note?

Mental Health , oakwood

Share0 Tweet0 Share0 A “Fit Note” is a record of advice from your Doctor. But I wonder how many are used as they are actually intended? Are they really just Sick Notes by another name?” Doctor, I’m stressed… “Have you had trouble sleeping and concentrating?” Uh huh.. “Passing water more than usual?” Not really “Difficulty in switching off and relaxing?” Uh […]

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Living to Work or Working to Live?

Mental Health

Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Ever heard the japanese word “karoshi”?No, you can’t eat it or get a black belt in it… It translates as: “Overwork Death”. Yep, the Japanese have a phrase for people who literally work themselves to death, and it’s a huge cultural problem. But closer to home… It’s lunchtime and Dave grabs a quick […]

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