the new normal

The Workplace and The New Normal… There Are No Experts!

The Workplace and the New Normal – There are no experts!

 So it seems, as described in my last article the Future of Work. The new normal when it comes to the working world, will be a hybrid one. Employers are now becoming more comfortable with the hybrid working system and are coming to terms with the benefits of it.

 Not to mention that if something like the pandemic was to happen again, we will be safe to carry on working, keep our jobs and keep the economy afloat. Hybrid working patterns can be considered a safety net and a risk management framework for organisations for a more secure and sustainable future!

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The Future Of Work

Brexit, Politics and the Mood of the Nation 

What is the future of work?

This is one of the most important questions both organisations and employees can ask right now. There is no doubt that the world of work has completely changed, it will keep evolving while we figure out what the new normal is.

 This could lead to great things!

Mental health and wellbeing, that is all we ever hear about nowadays.

Perhaps it’s about time too, this is a conversation we have swept under the rug or tried to avoid in both in personal and professional environments. 

As a society, we seem to have put in place reactive practices to deal with our mental health and wellbeing, while doing the opposite for physical health. The consequences of that now are not just in your face, but far reaching into all levels of society. 

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The Benefits of Mental Health First Aid Training

Benefits in Everyday Life

In the UK, one in four adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any given year. 50% of all mental health problems are established by the age of 14 and two thirds by the age of 24.

This confirms that family and the home environment plays a huge role in the development of mental health issues. This also tells us that families and young people, are the most important parts of society we need to address mental health and wellbeing with.

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Sick Of Seeing Sad, by Mackenzie Jerks

Any chance my eyes get to glance I see sadness despite the gazes’ direction.

All this parasitic pain poisoning the world and all anybody wants is genuine love and affection.

Sadness evolves to anger swiftly; that’s energy evolving with hateful misdirection and a smile corresponding with mental clarity is a common misconception. 

Guilt infects my mind if my mental health gets better. I stand solo in a slice of serenity, while my neighbour’s smothered in dark and rainy weather.

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Mental Health First Aid- How to Implement it Within Your Organisation & How to Get the Boss Involved!

Mental Health First Aid- How to Implement it Within Your Organisation & How to Get the Boss Involved!

Whether you represent an organisation consisting of a handful of people or thousands, it is important to have wellbeing policies in place. A lot of the time, especially in small organisations of 1-5 people, these polices may not be written on paper, but there will be activities staff will do together that have the same effect.

In small organisations especially those with a good chemistry, staff will meet up after work, perhaps go for a quick drink and talk about what’s going on at work and in their personal life with their colleagues.

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An MHFA point of view on PTSD – Could we all be affected at a low level?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Generally the first thing when these 4 letters are mentioned we think of war, combat and war veterans. Of course one of the most common causes of PTSD is combat and we hear about its affect on soldiers all the time on the news.

War’s however are fought on many fronts, every day we all battle with our struggles both big and small. The battle for your mental health is a psychological one . We win some of those battles and we lose some of those battles, day in day out.

The ultimate goal however is to win the war and this will take its toll one everyone one of us!

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Another Routine Anxiety Attack

Poem by our amazing resident blogger Mackenzie Jerks.

Dragging my feet all the way to my bed. I know I need sleep but I’d rather be busy instead. I close my eyes and my vision is red. My body knows what’s coming as my stomach fills with dread. 

Although I never intend for it to be this way, this night will be like all the others. I’ll wish I could vanish as I immerse myself under covers. Even if I keep every light switched on, the shadows of darkness always hover.

Even if I try to hide, I know I’ll always be discovered. Even when I know it’s coming, nothing can serve as a suitable buffer. 

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What the Health is Mental Health First Aid? – MHFA for Dummies!

Hey you article reader, yes you!

Can you tell me what Mental Health is without reading any further?

When I did my MHFA instructor course this was asked, I had my version (non-Googled one) and everyone else has their versions.

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Mental Health is Still Waiting for its Messiah!

Mental Health is Still Waiting for its Messiah!

Mental health, mental health, mental health!!!

 These days you seem to hear the phrase everywhere, as per my last article, COVID19 has done more to raise the awareness of mental health than any other factor in the last 10yrs!

As the saying goes, better late than never!

If there is a part of the human function that is in its own league when it comes to not being understood, nurtured, discussed and addressed correctly, then Mental Health is the winner by a million miles.

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covid19 - the unlikely ally of mental health

COVID19 – The Unlikely Ally of Mental Health Awareness

Mental health has been for far too long a subject too taboo to discuss.

Ruby Wax quoted this perfectly when she said “How come every organ in your body can get sick and you get sympathy, except the brain?”

This truly is the case and that’s not just an opinion, let’s take a look at the construction industry which has the highest rate of suicide of any profession in the UK, a male dominated industry. This disturbingly coincides with the fact that the highest rate of suicides in the UK are men between 40-50yrs old.

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