Purple Light UP for IDPD

Eliminating Disability Discrimination: Celebrating Disabled People through The Big Purple Light-Up

Eliminating Disability Discrimination On 3rd December 2018 International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD) was celebrated. IDPD was established by the UN in 1992 to recognise the contribution of disabled people. The theme for this year’s IDPD was “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. Workplaces have a key part to play in removing barriers and enabling equal participation for disabled staff to thrive. It goes beyond being complaint with the law, to actively creating positive systems.  Disability…

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Bullying at Work (Credit ACAS)

Speaking out about workplace bullying

Anti-Bullying Week takes place from 12- 19 November 2018. This year’s theme is Choose Respect. Bullying is often associated with the playground, however nearly a third of people are experiencing bullying at work. 72% of whom are bullied by their manager. There is still work to do to raise awareness about workplace bullying and how to tackle it. My Experience I featured on the inspirational Petra Velzeboer’s Advantage to Adversity Podcast. I spoke about my experience of workplace bullying and burnout. It wasn’t easy for…

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Stress Awareness Week 2018

3 Quick Ways to create a stress-free environment

This week is International Stress Awareness Week running 5-9 November. Recently, I have been delivering a lot of anti-bullying training to large organisations. A topic that always arises during the discussions concerns management boundaries. How stress is related to workload management, emails being sent at all hours and thankless tasks. So, I have put together my top three tips to reduce stress, improve communication and ensure a happier team environment for Stress Awareness Week and beyond. 1. Be clear about…

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Stop Hate UK Spread Love not Hate Campaign

How hate crime impacts mental health

It’s Hate Crime Awareness Week running from 13 to 20 October. This year’s theme is Spread Love Not Hate. Hate crime is defined as an offence which the victim considers to be driven by hostility towards one or more of the following characteristics: race, nationality, religion, belief, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity. The word offence encompasses verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault, bullying (exertion/abuse of power), and damage to property (which includes vandalism). Shamefully, we have seen a national…

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Social media and mental health

Young People+Social Media: Help or Hindrance?

World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10th October is an annual global awareness raising day. This year’s theme is #Handsup4HealthyMinds, which focuses on young people’s mental health in a changing world. In the last ten years we have seen social media and technology become integral to our world. However, what are the long-term effects of social media on young people today? Half of all worldwide mental illness  starts by age 14. In the UK, 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable…

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