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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. […]

2019-06-26T15:41:58+00:00June 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 […]

2019-06-20T10:53:45+00:00June 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 […]

2019-06-14T10:31:14+00:00June 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 […]

2019-06-11T15:44:48+00:00June 11th, 2019|Mental Health, 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 […]

2019-05-31T16:07:12+00:00May 31st, 2019|Mental Health, Occupational Therapy, 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 […]

2019-05-29T15:27:29+00:00May 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 […]

2019-05-17T16:04:52+00:00May 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 […]

2019-05-17T16:05:25+00:00May 16th, 2019|Mental Health|

Poor Diet = Poor Mental Health

Diet and Mental Health

According to the World Heart Federation, Cardiovascular disease is responsible for over 17 million deaths in the world every single year.

After spending some time researching, I came across an article titled: ‘What we Aren’t Eating is Killing Us’. The study was conducted by Ashkan Afshin, an assistant professor at the institute for Health Metrics at the University of Washington. He wanted to find […]

2019-05-17T16:06:02+00:00May 14th, 2019|Mental Health|

Mental Health Awareness Week: Breathing

The Science Behind Belly Breathing

At 11am today, schools across England will be taking part in half an hour of mindfulness, to manage stress and to kick start Mental Health Awareness Week which takes place from Monday 13th May to Sunday 19th May 2019.

Have you read our previous blog on stress?

We at KMA think this is a fantastic practice for students in managing anxiety and stress. As […]

2019-05-17T16:06:40+00:00May 10th, 2019|Mental Health|