Employees still hiding sickness leave caused by mental health issues from their employer

Stress at work 004Anew survey has revealed that employees are still much more likely to lie about their reasons for needing time off work if their absence is caused by mental health issues rather than physical ailments.

The survey, which was carried out by OnePoll found that 77% of workers would have no problem telling the truth to their manager about physical ailments such as back pain, flu or an accidental injury.

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New maps reveal the countries where people are consuming the most drugs and alcohol

Drug AlcoholThanks to its liberal laws and Amsterdams many coffee shops, most of us would safely assume that The Netherlands tops the poll of Cannabis use. Believe it or not however, the country doesnt even make the top five list.

Data was collected by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) between 2003 and 2014 and compared drug use in America and Europe. In many cases, the results make for some surprising reading.

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2015

b2ap3 thumbnail treatment ana1 20150702 095642 1The 10th September 2015 marks World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) and this years theme is Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.

The importance of this day is highlighted by shocking statistics just released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which reveal that over 800,000 people die because of suicide across the world each year.

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The Truth About Alcohol And Cancer

the cost of alcoholThere has been plenty of coverage in the media recently about our alcohol consumption with research now suggesting that it can affect our chances of getting cancer by much more than it was originally thought.

Whilst the research isn’t suggesting that everyone who drinks alcohol will develop cancer, it has answered some common questions that generally cause a lot of confusion.

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Nearly Half Of Women Seek Mental Health Help

mental health in women New research carried out by the charity, Girlguiding has found that nearly half (46%) of young women aged between 17 and 21 have reached out for help for their mental health.

Worryingly, self-harm ranks at the top of their list of health concerns followed by smoking, mental illness, depression and eating disorders. Sadly, it appears as though these young women are also suffering in silence because they report to feeling largely unsupported.

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Survey Reveals Most Men Hate Their Bodies

eating disorder in menA shocking new survey has found that only 4% of men are happy with their bodies and that most are feeling increasing pressure to improve their shape.

The research was carried out on behalf of Alpha Man Magazine and found that a staggering 82% of men feel more stressed about not having an impressive physique than they did five years ago. The findings also revealed that men are willing to resort to drastic measures to achieve their dream body.

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Ministers Accused Of Failing Mental Health Pledge

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A row over spending on mental health in the UK has broken out after the government has been accused of failing to honour promises to boost funding.

Figures which were collected by the Labour party suggest that 50 out of 130 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) plan to reduce the proportion of the budget they allocated to mental health for this financial year. Whereas 11% of their budget was dedicated to mental health in 2014/15, it is suggested that this will go down to 10% for the remainder of this year and 2016.

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People Over 65 Have An Alcohol Problem

alcohol abuse in older peopleHealthcare professionals have warned the elderly about how much alcohol they are consuming after new research has revealed that one in five over the age of 65 are drinking unsafe levels.

An analysis of health records found that the heavier drinkers tended to be male and relatively affluent. National guidelines recommend no more than 14 units of alcohol per week for women and 21 units for men. Despite this, the records found that amongst the 5% drinking the most alcohol, men were consuming more than a staggering 49 units a week and women 23 units.

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Researchers Warn Light Drinking Can Cause Cancer

alcohol useResearchers have warned that as little as one drink per day for women and two for men is enough to increase the risk of cancer. The clearest link was for breast cancer and experts are now reinforcing the message that people should limit how much they drink and understand the importance of having alcohol-free days.

The American study found that alcohol is linked to an increased risk of mouth, throat, gullet, bowel, liver and breast cancer. All types of alcohol were found to inflate the risk with the likelihood of getting cancer increasing the more people drank. Smoking and drinking together were also found to increase the risk of cancer.

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What You Need To Know About Anxiety Part Two

anxiety factsContinuing from the first part of our anxiety awareness blogs, here are some more surprising facts about anxiety - a condition that is affecting more of us than ever before.

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What You Need To Know About Anxiety

anxiety factsAnxiety is an increasingly common condition in the UK and is now thought to affect approximately one in 25 people. This means chances are that you, a friend, a family member or work colleague will experience it at some point. Below are some interesting facts about anxiety and how it affects us.

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Signs You Could Be Abusing Alcohol

How to know you are drinking too muchMany people enjoy the odd glass of wine after work or on a night out with our friends but how do you know when your apparently moderate drinking is starting to cause you health problems? Below are just a few of the signs that your drinking could be having a more harmful effect than you thought.

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Research Shows Online Gambling Could Increase Drinking

Drinking and gamblingHealth experts have warned that a huge growth in online gambling could lead to a nation of hidden drug addicts and problem drinkers. The warning comes after new research has found that drinking and online betting are two activities which are commonly combined.

The information reveals that people who regularly drink large amounts of alcohol are more prone to engaging in moderate or problematic drinking. It also found that around one third of people with severe gambling problems are currently, or have previously been, alcohol dependent.

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Tips To Beat Depression

depression helpRegardless of whether you’re suffering from depression, you’re going through a difficult time or are just having a bad day, we all get the blues from time to time. Here are some quick and easy, yet very effective tips to help get yourself going and feeling on top of the world again.

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Dealing With Depression In The Workplace

depression in the workplaceDepression and other mental illnesses are affecting more people in the UK than ever before. This means that as an employer or manager, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your staff feel comfortable enough to seek help from you if necessary.

Below are some simple policies and procedures that will help to provide the proper support and encouragement any sufferers need in order to come forward and seek treatment or confide in you.

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Drug Use Among Middle Aged Brits On The Rise

b2ap3_thumbnail_heroin-problems.jpgA Home Office report which was published in July has revealed that illegal drug use amongst middle-aged Brits has risen rapidly over the past 18 years.

This is a stark comparison to drug use amongst 16 to 39 year-olds which was down from 17.4% in 1999 to just 13% in 2014-15. Over the same period, the use of illegal substances in the 40 to 59 year age group has risen from 2.5% to 3.6%.

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Can Marriage Help Beat Alcohol Abuse

b2ap3_thumbnail_alcohol-addiction_20150824-085243_1.jpgTherapy and medication are the two most common treatments for alcoholism but a new study claims that getting married can result in a huge reduction in alcohol consumption - even amongst serious addicts.

This might sound far-fetched but researchers at the University of Missouri in the USA found that a dramatic change in a person’s role (such as becoming a husband or wife), can really help people to beat addiction.

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Postnatal Depression May Hit More Parents Than Expected

depressed parentsHaving a baby is a special, exciting and happy time for most new parents. New research carried out in Germany has revealed that after the initial excitement is over however, most first-time parents experience a decline in overall life satisfaction.

The study, which was carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research asked people in various different scenarios to rate their general life satisfaction on a scale of one to 10 every year. Shockingly, the decline in people’s happiness shortly after having their first child was greater than that observed amongst those who had suffered unemployment, divorce or even a bereavement.

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Regular Drinking Linked To Cancer

drinking and cancerNew data that has been released by an Australian charity has confirmed that regular alcohol consumption over a lifetime significantly increases a person’s risk of mouth and throat cancer.

The researchers found that an average lifetime consumption of four or more standard alcoholic drinks per day more than doubles the risk of mouth and throat cancer compared to those who didn’t drink at all.

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Learn How Alcohol Affects Those Around The Drinker

the harm of alcoholA new report has examined the extent to which consuming alcohol can affect others. The report has revealed a shocking insight into how someones drinking affects those around them.

The study was carried out amongst those living in Scotland and North West England and the main findings showed that:

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