Mental health


    Reasonable adjustments must not be ‘legal exercise’, says doctor

    “If you exclude a safety critical role we do not have any mandate for any profession to make decisions based on a fitness to work ‘standard’.”

    By Belinda Liversedge on 28 May 2019

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    A journey with a clear sense of purpose

    Geoff McDonald is one of the most vocal mental health campaigners in Britain. Having experienced a period of severe depression and mental ill health, he is determined to create workplaces all over the world where people feel free to ask for help.

    By Anna Ryland, British Safety Council on 25 May 2019

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    Most managers miss mental health signs in staff, says Mind

    Less than half of employees think their managers would notice if they had mental health symptoms, despite two in three managers saying they feel confident in promoting wellbeing, a survey from Mind has found.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 21 May 2019


    Firms not assessing if mental health interventions work, finds poll

    More than 57 per cent of firms are not using employee engagement surveys to inform and assess the effectiveness of mental health and wellbeing strategies, a survey has found.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 17 May 2019

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    Accentuating the positive!

    I have recently been involved in reviewing the applications for the British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards for 2019, which have attracted in excess of 550 submissions across all sectors and from the UK and other countries.

    By David Parr is inspired by this year's entries to the International Safety Awards on 21 February 2019

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    Turning bad news into brilliant work

    There are some people who get quite cross at the news – for example on hearing about homelessness or the growth in the use of food banks across the UK, knowing that we are one of the richest countries in the world by GDP per head.

    By Lawrence Waterman OBE reflects on teamwork and positive thinking on 06 February 2019

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    Workload, lack of progression and company culture are workplaces' top stressors

    A survey asking 1,274 Brits about the most common work stressors they had in 2018 has revealed that excessive workload was the leading cause of stress. Most respondents (84%) said this was the biggest cause of worry for them.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 07 January 2019

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    Creating a positive mental health culture

    “Don’t treat mental health as an HR issue and a bit of a philanthropy but make it an essential part of your business,” called Sir Ian Cheshire, speaking at October’s Mad World forum in London.

    By Round up of Mad World forum, by Anna Ryland on 29 November 2018

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    Government's ‘Prevention better than cure’ paper unveiled

    Employers have been urged to do more to keep people healthy at work as part of a government plan to put prevention at the forefront of health and social care.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 06 November 2018

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    A place you trust

    You cannot teach wellbeing in the workplace, but you can create a culture and conditions that will help employees maintain or develop physical and mental wellbeing, and help them look after themselves, says Professor Carol Black.

    By Professor Dame Carol Black on 27 November 2018