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15 June 2018

Have all your employees recovered from giving birth?

Every year, around 20,000 women go through a traumatic birth experience that has lasting implications not only for their physical and mental health, but also their ability to function at work. Although most employers might think they’re getting back the same employee who went on maternity leave, thousands of women are still suffering the consequences. This might include undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a difficult or frightening birth, during which their life, or the life of their baby might have been at risk. Many of those struggling to cope might feel guilty about seeking help if they managed to leave hospital with a healthy baby. They might experience flashbacks, constant fear that their baby or someone they love might die or be at risk and be suffering from insomnia issues. The Birth Trauma Association estimates that 1,000 women developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Wales alone last year, yet just 22 cases were recorded. So, in the run-up to Birth Trauma Awareness Week (1-8th July 2018), we thought we would share some top tips on how you can help those affected by this widespread issue to overcome their experience, before it can spiral into Post Natal Depression or, more seriously, as PTSD.

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11 May 2018
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Use Triage To Help Crack Mental Health Issues

This month we are delighted to have our thinking on the importance of nipping mental health issues in the bud profiled as the lead story in Occupational Health & Wellbeing magazine. The editor, Nic P…

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06 April 2018
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The Secret To Keeping Stress Levels Positive

It might sound like a contradiction in terms to use the words ‘stress’ and ‘positive’ in the same sentence. Surely there’s nothing good about feeling stressed? Shouldn’t we be trying to avoid getting …

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06 March 2018
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Are your employees getting enough sleep?

Sleep deprivation is now estimated to cost the UK economy £37bn a year, with employees who get less than six hours sleep a night generating twice as much absenteeism and presenteeism as their well res…

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31 January 2018
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Time To Talk About Loneliness At Work

Since it launched, just four years ago, Time To Talk Day, which happens on the first Thursday in February, has inspired millions of people to open up about mental health. However, one area that remai…

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