What if they’re faking it?

Mental Health Training This week I delivered the two day adult Mental Health First Aid Training for a large financial organisation, with a large customer base. The delegates were great, open and willing to share their lived experiences of supporting people with mental-ill health. However, there was one delegate who fixated on the issue of team members faking mental-ill health. They asked the question at least eight times during the session. They were very concerned as a manager what do you do,…

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PTSD Listening at work

7 Ways to Support PTSD at Work

June is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. In the UK it is believed that 1 in 3 people will have experienced a traumatic event in their life. Trauma can be caused by any kind of abuse, physical, emotional, sexual, witnessing abuse, witnessing any kind of crime, arelationship breakdown, workplace bullying, war etc. On the anniversary of the Grenfell fire this brings PTSD into sharp focus. Residents still recovering from what they witnessed, in many cases having no permanent…

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National Hug Day Alliance

When is it acceptable to hug at work?

21st of January is National Hugging DayTM, yes that’s right an annual day dedicated to hugging. It was created by an American, Kevin Zaborney in 1986 to encourage everyone to hug friends and family more. How about hugging at work though? Where are the boundaries and when is it ok? Personal contact at work In some organisations there may be hard and fast rules about hugging or being in close contact at work. This tightrope subject can be a topic…

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