Talk to us: annual campaign for mental health support

Talk to Us is an annual awareness campaign run by the Samaritans throughout July. Samaritans Awareness Day falls on the 24th July (24/7) each year to highlight the fact that the national charity helpline is there to listen to anyone who is struggling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year....

Men’s Health Week 2024: men urged to share health stories

This week (10th-16th June) is Men’s Health Week 2024, and this year men are being encouraged to share their health stories. Observed annually in the lead up to Father’s Day, Men’s Health Week is organised in the UK by the Men’s Health Forum and celebrated in many European countries as well as the USA,...

CQC community mental health survey finds poor care

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently published the results of its 2023 Community Mental Health Survey, which revealed that people’s experiences of community mental health services are generally poor. The watchdog says that the survey, which received feedback from 14,770 people who received treatment for a mental health condition between 1st April and 31st...

Mental Health Awareness Week: move for your mental health

Mental Health Awareness Week is observed from 13th to 19th May 2024 in the UK and the theme for this year is movement – moving more for our mental health. The Mental Health Foundation, which set the theme, says that movement is vital for our mental health and emotional wellbeing, but they acknowledge that...

Childline: Children struggling with feelings of unhappiness

Childline has revealed that it receives nearly 40 contacts per day from children who are struggling with feelings of unhappiness and low mood. The national charity helpline, operated by the NSPCC, delivered 14,253 counselling sessions last year for children who were struggling with low mood and unhappiness, leading them to launch a new campaign...

HSE: take 5 steps to tackle stress at work

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging businesses across all industries to make Stress Awareness Month the month they tackle stress at work and make it part of their core working routine to support mental health. Britain’s health and safety watchdog says that employers and managers alike can address stress at work this...

HSE campaign focuses on protecting trades’ mental health

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has brought new partners on board to its Working Minds campaign to help protect trades’ mental health. Britain’s health and safety watchdog offers free online learning, support and resources through its Working Minds campaign, which aims to help employers prevent stress and support good mental health among their...

Self-Harm Awareness Day aims to improve understanding

This Friday, 1st March 2024, is Self-Harm Awareness Day in the UK, aimed at improving understanding of this sensitive and often misunderstood topic. Run by Harmless, the national centre of excellence for self-harm and suicide prevention, the awareness campaign, sometimes known as Self-Injury Awareness Day, provides “an opportunity for everyone across the country to...

Employers must do more to support menopause in the workplace

Employers are being reminded of the importance of creating supportive environments and approaching menopause in the workplace with a “holistic view.” The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) recently spoke out to urge businesses to take action on menopause in the workplace. The world’s leading professional health and safety body said that firms...

IOSH: Prioritise workplace health to keep people in work

A policy expert from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called on the government to prioritise investment in workplace health, safety and wellbeing in order to keep people in work. In a recent blog post, Corey Edwards, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager at IOSH, said that better investment in occupational...

New briefing reveals concerns about in-patient mental health care for children

The NSPCC has published a new briefing about young people’s experiences of in-patient mental health care after a sharp increase in the number of children contacting Childline about this issue. The Helplines Insight Briefing reveals that children and young people often feel as though they’re not being listened to when they’re admitted to, cared...

Time to Talk Day: start a conversation about mental health

Thursday 1st February 2024 is Time to Talk Day, when everyone is encouraged to have a conversation about mental health. Spearheaded by leading mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, in partnership with Co-op, Time to Talk Day encourages friends, families, colleagues and communities to come together to talk, listen and make positive...

New measures launched to tackle school absences

The government recently launched new measures to help tackle widespread school absences. Launched as pupils were due to head back into the classroom following their Christmas break, the new measures are designed to drive up attendance and tackle persistent absences at schools in England. Figures show that the number of pupils frequently absent from...

Blue Monday? Let’s embrace a happy and healthy start to 2024

We’re fast approaching the fabled ‘Blue Monday’ – the so-called most depressing day of the year. But it doesn’t have to be as gloomy as prescribed; we’ve got a few tips for helping to boost your mood at this time of year and get 2024 off to a happy, healthy start. The third Monday...

Mental health at work: will support be more widespread in 2024?

The last few years have seen significant strides made in the sphere of mental health at work. But will 2024 be the year that comprehensive workplace mental health support becomes more commonplace? As we bid the previous year goodbye and move into 2024, the Covid-19 pandemic, national lockdowns and enforced working from home fade...