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An Important Message: Be Kind to Yourself

Be Kind to Yourself How kind would you say you are? Do you stop to help load someone’s shopping into their car? Do you like to surprise your spouse with dinner and flowers? Maybe you are always complimenting your colleagues when they look nice… But the real question is: how kind are you to yourself? Quite often we disregard ourselves, we neglect our own well-being, both physically and mentally. More often than not, we are our own worst enemy; reminding ourselves of the insecurities we hold, working far too hard and for too many hours, filling our bodies [...]

June 26th, 2019|Mental Health, Occupational Therapy|

Thriving at Work

Thriving at Work - The Stevenson / Farmer Report This thought-provoking independent review of mental health and employers by Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer is available from the government at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/thriving-at-work-a-review-of-mental-health-and-employers Thriving at Work sets out what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems to remain in and thrive through work. It includes a detailed analysis that explores the significant cost of poor mental health to UK businesses and the economy as a whole. Poor mental health costs employers between £33 billion and £42 billion a year, with an [...]

June 20th, 2019|Mental Health|

1 in 4 and £32.7 billion by 2030

1 in 4 and £32.7 billion by 2030 When researching for my KMA blogs about working together to help end the stigma of mental health and the workplace, I came across these thoughts. They are from Karen Johnson, Head of Large Corporates for Barclays in the North East of England. “Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year and by 2030 the estimated cost of staff mental health related issues is set to rise to £32.7 billion. As responsible businesses we all have an obligation to get involved and take an [...]

June 14th, 2019|Mental Health, Occupational Therapy|

Using a Sensory Diet and Optimising Occupational Performance

A Sensory Diet I came across these post-event notes for attendees of a keynote talk I gave in 2017  so I thought I’d share them here. Thank your for inviting me to talk on Optimising Occupational Performance at your conference. I hope it gave you the opportunity to consider your own occupational performance and to think about any barriers or potential barriers that may stand in the way of you reaching and sustaining optimum success. For more efficient, effective ways of working and how to achieve them, here are some top-level notes around Using a Sensory Diet. Using [...]

June 11th, 2019|Mental Health, Occupational Therapy|

What Do Occupational Therapists Do?

What Actually Do Occupational Therapists Do? Some people still don’t quite understand what occupational therapy is and what an occupational therapist actually does. Here’s what the Royal College of Occupational Therapist has to say on the matter… What is occupational therapy? Occupational therapy (OT) is a science degree-based, health and social care profession, regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. We have a "holistic view" Occupational therapy takes a “whole-person approach” to both mental and physical health and wellbeing and enables individuals to achieve their full potential. We call this the holistic view. Occupational therapy provides [...]

June 4th, 2019|Occupational Therapy|

Sleeping and Optimising Occupational Performance

Sleeping and Optimising Occupational Performance I recently came across these post-event notes for attendees of a keynote talk I gave last year, so I thought I’d share them here. Thank you for inviting me to talk on Optimising Occupational Performance at your conference. I hope it gave you the opportunity to consider your own occupational performance and to think about any barriers or potential barriers that may stand in the way of you reaching and sustaining optimum success. For more efficient, effective ways of working and how to achieve them, here are some top-level notes around Sleeping. [...]

May 31st, 2019|Mental Health, Occupational Therapy, Tips|

Hydrating and Optimising Occupational Performance for Sustained Business Success

Hydrating and Optimising Occupational Performance I recently came across these post-event notes for attendees of a keynote talk I gave last year so I thought I’d share them here. Thank you for inviting me to talk on Optimising Occupational Performance at your conference. I hope it gave you the opportunity to consider your own occupational performance and to think about any barriers or potential barriers that may stand in the way of you reaching and sustaining optimum success. For more efficient, effective ways of working and how to achieve them, here are some top-level notes around Hydrating. [...]

May 29th, 2019|Tips|

How to Increase Productivity at Work

Our Top Tips for Increasing Productivity ‘If I don’t leave my desk all day, I’ll get all my work done. Correct?’ No. Not leaving your desk all day will actually be less productive than taking regular breaks. Our brains are not designed to concentrate for long periods of time, research suggests that our attention span typically only lasts for just 14 minutes before we lose focus, a study by Stacey Stothard of Skipton Building Society found. Now with that being said are you aware of your concentration span? It is useful to tune in to this for yourself. For me personally, I’ve been [...]

May 21st, 2019|Mental Health, Occupational Therapy, Tips|

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

3 in 100 Adults Screened Positive for PTSD in the UK. One large survey of the general population in England found that 3 in 100 adults screened positive for PTSD. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is often misdiagnosed as the symptoms can be similar to other mental illnesses. It is suggested that around 70% of people who suffer with PTSD in the UK do not receive any professional help at all, and many of those who are aware they have it are not getting the help and support they need. If you are given a diagnosis of PTSD, you might be told that you [...]

May 17th, 2019|Mental Health|

Mental Health in the Workplace

Helping End the Stigma Around Mental Health in the Workplace Myself and all the team at KMA were thinking back to last Mental Health Awareness Week and remembered our delight when the This is Me, campaign went national in 2018. During Mental Health Awareness week 2018, some 200 businesses and Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, attended its launch in Manchester This is Me is the campaign developed by The Lord Mayor’s Appeal in London and initiated by Barclays. It aims to reduce the stigma around mental health in the workplace. In the North West it’s driven [...]

May 16th, 2019|Mental Health|