Bringing Mental Health First Aid and Digital Prevention into 2018

Employee mental health is a growing concern within numerous different sectors given that 45% of employees who responded to a workplace mental health study admitted that they have considered leaving their job due to stress. This statistic alone makes it vital that organisations and employers are able to create and maintain a working environment where stress and other negative mental health problems are at a minimum. Mental health not only impacts your employees’ health and happiness, but also affects their productivity and effectiveness at work as a whole. Focusing on the issue of employee well-being is good for employees, companies and society at large. Yet, with the situation apparent, few have managed to come up with a plan to support their staff and their emotional well-being.

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One million patients per week cannot get an appointment with their GP

Recent statistics have shown that One million patients per week cannot get an appointment with their GP. NHS figures have shown that the number of patients waiting at least a week for an appointment has risen by over half in the past 5 years. This can be for a number of reasons, including an ageing population (over one million more people over 65 than there were 5 years ago), budget cuts for care (social care for home help has been cut by 11% the past 5 years), doctor staff shortages and also lifestyle factors of the current population. So, what happens when you are the one in five people who are unable to see your doctor for at least a week? If you are located in or work in London - DocTap could be the answer to fast, effective treatment.

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St Helen's Rugby Club have taken a huge step to support their players!

With 46% of athletes experiencing a mental health problem, it is crucial that clubs take responsibility in the well-being of their players to increase performance. If athletes are unable to maintain a mentally healthy mind, how can they be expected to maintain a physically healthy body. Your mind is just as important as your body when it comes to performance given that motivation and determination is key. Athletes not only have everyday life stresses such their personal life and finances, they also have to go through the stress that comes with the training, competition, injuries and matches that come with being a team player. Athletes who have a manageable stress load will be full of energy and will perform well however those who are stressed may seem unmotivated and lack that competitive edge. Since the number of players experiencing common mental health conditions is on the rise, St. Helens Rugby Club now offer a well-being app for their players.

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New year, same me

We’re not far from 2018, which means you may have already begun to hear people claiming how the switch from December 31st to January 1st means it’s a “new year, new me.” As if, miraculously, it is possible to change every aspect of yourself and your personality. Maybe you made a promise to yourself to be a more understanding, relaxed person, maybe your New year's resolution is to quit smoking and exercise more. Does this mean that as soon as Big Ben strikes midnight that you are a completely new person with new found values and beliefs? No. You are exactly the same person as you have always been, just with new motivation as it’s a ‘new chapter.’ Now, there is always room for some self-improvement, I’m sure we all have something we’d like to change about ourselves, but by creating a ‘new you’, where does that leave the old you? The parts of you that you actually liked!

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