According to statistics from NHS Digital, at any one time, a sixth of the population in England aged 16 to 64 have a mental health illness. Whether family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues, the chances are we all know someone that is affected.
The figures, while worrying, in reality don’t even scratch the surface. The study, which leaves out less common conditions – and is a snapshot in time, could be closer to a quarter of the population experiencing mental health illness on an annual basis.
Statistically, women are more likely than men to experience mental and emotional (not psychotic) illness. Research shows that 20 per cent of all adult women between the ages of 16 to 65 have ‘significant mental health problems’, as compared with 14 per cent of men between these ages.
However, women are more likely to seek, and be diagnosed, help for mental health problems.
Young people are particularly susceptible to mental health difficulties.
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Managing health and safety as a process involves setting a policy, creating a supportive organisational culture, developing and implementing a health and safety plan and evaluating the plan’s performance.
Previously we have talked about what is required in a plan but evaluating the plan’s performance is just as important. In order to take this further it is important that as a business owner you understand fully the benefits and issues relating to the process. Continue reading “Managing Health and Safety: Streamlining the process”
Defibrillators are an important piece of medical equipment. Designed to restart a failing heart, they are capable of saving lives when used properly. This article explains how to safely use a defibrillator and give information about them. Continue reading “Defibrillators – How to use a defibrillator safely”
Part-time courses are becoming more popular as an alternative to traditional teaching thanks due to the developments of modern technology. Traditional face to face courses, in the past, restricted learning to the classroom typically in term time, but the internet has opened up new ways of teaching for the time conscious end user.
Courses such as Degrees, Masters and higher education certification have quickly been adapted to distance learning, but the greatest growth has been in the areas of niche and specialist training. Today there are a wide variety of options available for anyone wishing to improve their skills in the hopes of advancing their careers.
The availability of courses leads many to question if they should consider taking one, but there is always an air of scepticism around the value offered by courses online . This article outlines the advantages of taking part-time courses for those considering their alternatives.
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When a fire breaks out on premises, it is possible to fight it yourself using one of the fire extinguishers that may be located in your building. However, certain types of fire extinguisher can’t be used on certain fires; doing so would do more damage than good. This article will explain the classification system of fires, and which extinguishers can be used on which. Continue reading “Types of Fire Extinguisher”
Learning first aid can be the difference between life and death for someone who has been in an accident, or otherwise suffered an injury. Whilst there are many first aid qualifications out there, most can be expected to have a similar kind of structure. This article aims to outline what can be found on a first aid course, and to provide some advice on how to make the most effective use of time on the day.
In an employment setting, one has to be aware of any relevant legislation that determines how to act in given situations. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) details what duties are put onto employers, self-employed persons, or those who are in control of workplaces in situations requiring reporting of incidents. This article explains some key definitions involved with the legislation, as well as some other associated things that are required to be reported. Continue reading “RIDDOR – Definition, Legislation and Employee Training”
Mandatory training relates to training that employers are expected to provide to their staff following statutory requirements. Statutory requirements include the Health and Safety at Work Act, local authority requirements, and the requirements specified by the Care Quality Commission. Continue reading “Mandatory Training Courses – What are they?”
Preventing legionella (Legionnaires’ disease) is a necessity for those who own premises which are used for business or trade, or rented for residential or business purposes; any commercial premises that have a water distribution or storage system has to have proper measures taken to stop the spread of disease-causing bacteria. It is a rare disease, but one that poses serious health risks and is easily preventable. This article will explain what Legionnaires’ disease is, and the steps you can take to prevent it. Continue reading “Legionella and Legionnaires’ Disease – What is it?”
Whilst stress is commonly interchanged with the word ‘pressure’, it is, in fact, a totally different thing. Stress is the feeling one suffers when they feel out of control of their life or circumstances. Stress can cause a multitude of physiological or emotional problems, all of which impact productivity and well being. Stress may be associated with a mental state but managing stress is a skillset that individuals should work on in order to achieve a good healthy work-life balance. Continue reading “Managing Stress – Finding a work-life balance that is healthy for all”