Why occupational health has a pivotal role in tackling mental ill health


first_imgWhy occupational health has a pivotal role in tackling mental ill healthOn 5 Oct 2018 in Stress, Mental health conditions, Return to work and rehabilitation, Occupational Health, Wellbeing and health promotion, Personnel Today No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Talking about my generations – why mental health support needs to be for all agesWith workplaces becoming increasingly multi-generational, it is important employers recognise that managing mental ill health requires strategies and interventions tailored… Brett Hill explains why he believes occupational health managers have a pivotal role to play in improving mental health, and the practical steps that employers can take.Managing health and safety in the workplace used to be all about trip hazards and fire marshals, but there is growing awareness that health, and mental health in particular, needs more focus. I’m encouraged to see more forward-thinking managers who are responsible for occupational health taking a closer look at this critical aspect of their role, but more still needs to be done to tackle this issue.Why is mental health a more pressing issue now?The cost of mental ill-health is significant by any measure. The mental health charity Mind has estimated that a quarter of us will experience a mental health issue each year, and the Government estimates that the UK economy is negatively affected by £33bn to £42bn annually.About the authorBrett Hill is managing director of The Health Insurance GroupAt its worst, mental ill-health can be life threatening. Again according to Mind, although the rates of mental health issues haven’t changed significantly in recent years, our ability to cope is diminishing. Suicide remains the biggest killer of men under 45 and rates of suicide among women are also rising, and are now at the highest rate in a decade. We have many clients in the construction industry; it’s staggering to consider that employees in this sector are more likely to die from suicide than falls.Although high-profile awareness campaigns are working towards removing the stigma, mental ill-health, and particularly suicide, is still a taboo. In last year’s Government-commissioned Stevenson/Farmer Thriving at Work review of mental health, eight out of 10 employers reported no cases of employees disclosing mental health conditions. This is backed up by Mind’s research, which found that 30% of employees wouldn’t feel able to talk openly with a line manager if they were feeling stressed. It’s a depressing picture, but one that I believe managers can help to turn around.Why it is critical for managers to engage with mental healthI believe employers have an obligation, both morally and as a part of their duty of care, to tackle this issue. The culture of silence must be addressed, and employees need to be offered mental health support as standard.The good news is there are lots of measures employers can put in place to support good mental health, and I believe employers with a responsibility for health and wellbeing have a pivotal role to play in ensuring that staff get the support they need.The Government review did acknowledge that green shoots of good practice are emerging in UK workplaces, and we are certainly seeing some managers doing more to improve mental health in their workplaces.From what I see in the industry, employers need to be more aware of the mental health support that is available in the market and to encourage employees to make more use of it.What support is available?There is a range of effective solutions available which offer support for a broad array of issues that can influence mental health, including stress management, encouraging fitness, and debt counselling. It is worth getting up-to-date advice on what is available on the market, as products are constantly evolving. Talking to specialist advisers on a regular basis will help to ensure you have the best services for your needs.Many employee assistance programmes (EAPs) will provide mental health support through 24/7 helplines, and many offer enhanced support through the provision of face-to-face counselling. Some EAPs even offer specific modules for managers that offer tailored advice for the challenges faced in a managerial role. Some will also offer whistleblowing support. Group risk protection benefits and private medical insurance can also include mental health support.What, then, managers should be doing? I suggest five things.1) Understand the current situationIn the first instance, managers that have a responsibility for the wellbeing of their staff should seek to understand their current culture around mental health so they can work out what support they need to put in place.This may include identifying potential high-risk areas, roles or locations, or particular issues their staff struggle with. Some of our clients have used targeted employee surveys really effectively to do this. It’s a solid starting point which can help to identify what the next steps should be.2) Talk to specialistsOnce you know the current situation in your organisation, it’s worth seeking advice on the best way to meet the needs of the organisation. There are so many products on the market and some have services that overlap, so it is worth getting advice to ensure you’re not paying twice for support and to decide what will be most effective for your specific workplace.3) Look at existing policiesIt is also important to review the mental health support already available in existing employee benefits packages. It may be that the support you need is already available but isn’t being used effectively.Employees might not be aware of the mental health support that they can access, or they may be worried about the potential consequences of using it. In order to promote its use and overcome some of the stigma it’s a good idea for managers to signpost employees to the most relevant type of support. For example, if an employee’s mental health is being affected by money worries, a manager can direct them to debt counselling.4) Train, train, trainProviding specific mental health training is another option I have seen used to great effect. By training managers and team leaders, companies equip their front-line staff to recognise potential issues and know what to do when an employee has a mental health issue.Just getting managers talking about mental health more openly can also help to break down the culture of silence. The proactive approach training can create makes early intervention more likely, which helps stop issues from escalating. Good training helps managers feel confident to deal with any issues when they arise.5) Communicate and promote.Finally, consider your communication and promotion of wellbeing in the workplace. One of the most effective practices I see is to run a calendar of activities throughout the year to continuously engage staff, encourage healthy behaviours and remind employees that help is available and how to access it.If reluctance to access the support is an issue, it is worth reminding employees that many services can be accessed confidentially.Managers play an important role in the provision of better mental health support, I hope these ideas will serve as an encouragement to anyone who is trying to improve mental wellbeing in their workplace.Referenceshttps://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/statistics-and-facts-about-mental-health/how-common-are-mental-health-problems#.Wthmh2eWyM8www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/658145/thriving-at-work-stevenson-farmer-review.pdfhttps://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/suicide/https://www.samaritans.org/sites/default/files/kcfinder/files/Suicide_statistics_report_2017_Final.pdfhttps://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-your-staff/Thriving at Work, The Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers, October 2017, https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/658145/thriving-at-work-stevenson-farmer-review.pdf Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Related posts: Together alone: staying well as OH practitioners in challenging timesDr Nerina Ramlakhan explains how occupational health professionals can balance supporting the health needs of employers and employees while, at… Managing Covid-19 ‘clusters’ set to be a key challenge for occupational healthA recent SOM/Royal College of Nursing webinar offered occupational health practitioners valuable advice on how to manage Covid-19 outbreaks as…last_img read more

Shaquille O’Neal’s Orlando megamansion in contract


first_imgThe megamansion has been on the market since Septmeber. (Getty, Atlas Team/Compass) UPDATED, Feb. 2 2021, 10:50 a.m.: Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal may be parting ways with his Shaq-sized estate in Orlando, Florida.The NBA Hall-of-Famer’s 35,000-square-foot mansion is in contract, according to the New York Post. It was last listed for $16.5 million. He paid just $4 million for the property in 1993, his rookie year with the Orlando Magic.The home has been on the market since September, when it was listed for nearly $20 million, but that wasn’t his first time trying to sell. Shaq first listed the property in 2018 for $28 million; by that year’s end he’d dropped the price to $21.9 million.The estate is every bit as over-the-top as one might imagine from the charismatic big man. Not long after buying it, O’Neal expanded the mansion from 23,000 square feet to its current size. It now has 12 bedrooms, 11.5 bathrooms, and a 6,000-square-foot indoor basketball court.The main bedroom suite alone totals 1,000 square feet, and has an oversized circular bed prominently featuring the Superman logo that he’s identified with for years. The logo appears elsewhere in the house as well.Other amenities include a wine storage room, three fireplaces, a 95-foot-long swimming pool and an outdoor kitchen. The home comes with 700 feet of lake frontage and a dock with two slips. The garage is more of a showroom and has room for 17 vehicles. The property is listed with Tiffany Pantozzi, a Side partner agent.O’Neal also recently sold a small (by comparison) home in Bell Canyon, California, for $1.85 million, a few hundred thousand dollars more than what he paid for it in 2018.[NYP] — Dennis LynchCORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that Shaquille O’Neal’s Orlando home had already sold. It is in contract, and has not yet sold.  Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlinkcenter_img TagsCelebrity Real EstateFloridalast_img read more

WeWork lost $3B in 2020: report


first_img Co-workingCoronavirusIPOWeWork Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags The pitch to investors — called “Project Windmill,” according to the report — comes ahead of WeWork’s possible IPO later this year. The company reportedly wants to go public via a special-purpose acquisition company, and is in talks with BowX Acquisition Corp, a blank-check firm led by Tibco founder Vivek Ranadivé that raised $420 million in August.WeWork failed spectacularly in its last attempt to raise money on the public market, after its IPO filings revealed huge losses and millions of dollars in personal loans issued to its executives. In its latest pitch the company is touting itself as a technology platform, according to the Financial Times.But the pitch to investors is quite ambitious: The company projects that occupancy will hit 90 percent by the end of 2022, and revenue will hit $7 billion by 2024, per the report.[Financial Times] — Keith Larsencenter_img WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani (Mathrani/Wikipemedia, Getty)Investors betting on WeWork’s second act just got a wake-up call.The co-working company lost $3.2 billion last year as the Covid-19 health crisis slashed the demand for flexible office spaces, the Financial Times reported, citing documents shown to possible investors.The pandemic caused WeWork’s occupancy rates to fall 47 percent in 2020, down from 72 percent at the beginning of the year, according to the documents reviewed by the publication. Its losses shrunk from $3.5 billion in 2019 as the firm reduced capital expenditure from $2.2 billion in 2019 to $49 million in 2020.Read moreWework in talks to public via spacHuluunveilstrailerforneweworkdocumentaryWeWork dumps several Manhattan locations Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Variable food absorption by Antarctic krill: Relationships between diet, egestion rate and the composition and sinking rates of their fecal pellets


first_imgThe kinetics of food processing by zooplankton affects both their energy budgets and the biogeochemical fate of their fecal pellets. We sampled 40 schools of krill across the Scotia Sea during spring, summer and autumn and found that in all 3 seasons, every aspect of their absorption and defecation varied greatly. The C content of fecal pellets varied from 0.85% to 29% of their dry mass (median 9.8%) and C egestion rates varied 75-fold. C:N mass ratios of pellets ranged from 4.9 to 13.2 (median 7.8), higher than values of 3.9 in the krill and 5.4 in their food, pointing to enhanced uptake of N. Pellet sinking rates equated to 27–1218 m d−1 (median 304 m d−1), being governed mainly by pellet diameter (80–600 μm, mean 183 μm) and density (1.038–1.391 g cm−3, mean 1.121 g cm−3). Pellets showed little loss of C or N in filtered seawater over the first 2 days and were physically robust. When feeding rates were low, slow gut passage time and high absorption efficiency resulted in low egestion rates of pellets that were low in C and N content. These pellets were compact, dense and fast-sinking. Conversely, in good feeding conditions much food tended to pass quickly through the gut and was not efficiently absorbed, producing C and N-rich, slow-sinking pellets. Such “superfluous feeding” probably maximises the absolute rates of nutrient absorption. Food composition was also important: diatom-rich diets depressed the C content of the pellets but increased their sinking rates, likely due to silica ballasting. So depending on how krill process food, their pellets could represent both vehicles for rapid export and slow sinking, C and N-rich food sources for pelagic scavengers. C egestion rates by krill averaged 3.4% of summer primary production (and ingestion rates would be 2–10-fold higher than this) so whatever the fate of the pellets, krill are an important re-packager within the food web. While salp pellets tend to sink faster than those of krill, it is the latter that tend to prevail in sediment traps. We suggest that this is because krill schools are more compact, producing “rain showers” of pellets that exceed the capacity of pelagic scavengers to reprocess them.last_img read more

USA: Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Pascagoula Shipyard Wins USD 2.7 Million Grant for Project


first_img View post tag: USD View post tag: million View post tag: Huntington View post tag: wins Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Pascagoula shipyard won a $2.7 million grant for a project to improve shipyard welding and lower costs for th…(al)[mappress]Source: al, May 10, 2011; View post tag: shipyard May 10, 2011 View post tag: industries View post tag: grant Industry newscenter_img USA: Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Pascagoula Shipyard Wins USD 2.7 Million Grant for Project View post tag: Pascagoula View post tag: Ingalls View post tag: 2.7 View post tag: usa Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Pascagoula Shipyard Wins USD 2.7 Million Grant for Project View post tag: project Share this articlelast_img read more

HNLMS Karel Doorman returns from operation Sea Guardian


first_imgRoyal Netherlands Navy multi-purpose amphibious ship HNLMS Karel Doorman returned to her homeport in Den Helder on June 8, concluding a two-month deployment to the NATO-led operation Sea Guardian.HNLMS Karel Doorman supported the operation with 300 people on board. In addition to the helicopter detachment and medical personnel for a fully-fledged hospital, Karel Doorman was also home to marines from the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark.During its time in the Mediterranean, Karel Doorman monitored patterns-of-life to detect suspicious activities at sea. Special operations forces boarded several suspicious vessels as part of the mission.The Dutch ship also hosted Tunisian anti-terror personnel on board for joint exercises.Prior to deploying to the Mediterranean, the ship supported hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma struck the Dutch overseas territory of Saint Maarten, destroying a third of buildings on the island. HNLMS Karel Doorman is a 204-meter ship, launched in October 2012 by shipbuilder Damen in Galati, Romania and commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy in April 2015. View post tag: Royal Netherlands Navy Share this article Photo: HNLMS Karel Doorman in Den Helder. Photo: Royal Netherlands Navycenter_img View post tag: Op Sea Guardian View post tag: HNLMS Karel Doormanlast_img read more

Press release: Animal welfare enhanced by new code for meat chickens


first_img We welcome the new statutory code of practice for welfare of meat chickens and meat breeding chickens that reflects the high welfare standards followed by British poultry meat farmers, breeders and veterinarians. The new code is intended to help all those who care for meat chickens and meat breeding chickens to practise good biosecurity and maintain welfare standards required to comply with legislation. Specific provisions on staff training Stocking density, and Follow-up at slaughterhouses The updated code also provides more detailed guidance on biosecurity, leg health and enriching the environment for chickens.The code will be used by enforcement bodies including Animal and Plant Health Agency inspectors and local authorities when investigating allegations of poor welfare to look at whether animal welfare standards are being met. Máire Burnett, Technical Director from British Poultry Council, said: A welfare code for meat chickens has been updated today as part of a programme of reforms to safeguard and enhance the welfare of animals.Strengthened statutory guidance is now in place for meat chicken keepers on how to meet the needs of their animals and improve their welfare.This welfare code has been updated to reflect the very latest advice from vets and animal husbandry developments, as part of a programme of reforms to safeguard and enhance the welfare of animals, the Minister for animal welfare, Lord Gardiner announced today.Minister for Animal welfare Lord Gardiner said:center_img The British poultry meat sector is committed to continuous improvement and will carry on following welfare science as it progresses. We look forward to continue working with Defra to further enhance welfare codes for turkeys and ducks to reflect industry best practice. We have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and are going further in a number of areas, including by raising maximum sentences for animal cruelty to five years and introducing mandatory CCTV in abattoirs. This code was carefully consulted on with industry experts, and uses the most recent scientific and veterinary advice to ensure this clear guidance provides the best advice to owners and keepers to help ensure and enhance the high welfare standards of their animals. The updated meat chicken code incorporates guidance to reflect new regulations in force since publication of the previous code, including:last_img read more

Phil Lesh Welcomes Holly Bowling, Lebo, Jay Lane & More At Terrapin Crossroads [Full Video]


first_imgAn exciting band of musicians gathered at Terrapin Crossroads last night, as the venue’s owner and the Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh put together a jam-packed lineup of Friends for the occasion. The Phil Lesh & Friends performance featured the likes of Holly Bowling, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Jay Lane, Ross James, and Cass McCombs, each bringing a fresh perspective to the music of the Dead.Perhaps one of the more intriguing stories of the night is that of Holly Bowling’s, as the pianist has risen from relative anonymity to regular collaborator with members of the Grateful Dead. This was Bowling’s second outing with Lesh, and she also recently performed with Bob Weir at the Christmas Jam in December. All of this was made possible by Songs Of Their Own, a unique album that paid tribute to the Grateful Dead through solo piano interpretations of their music, as composed by Bowling. You can read all about that album here.The show itself featured a number of classic Grateful Dead tunes for the “Dead of Winter” performance, including “Bertha,” “They Love Each Other,” “New Minglewood Blues” and “Loose Lucy” in the first set. They kept the magic up for two full sets, and rocked out jamming to “Dark Star,” “St. Stephen,” “Fire On The Mountain,” “Mountains On The Moon,” and “I Know You Rider” for a tasty five song second set.Fortunately, thanks to Holly Bolwing, we can watch full videos of this magical evening. Check it out below, with the setlist to follow. Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 1/12/17Set IWest > (RJ)Bertha (DL)They Love Each Other (DL)Angel From Montgomery (?)New Minglewood Blues (RJ)? unidentified song (DL)Loose Lucy (DL)Set IIDark Star > (PL)Saint Stephen > (PL)Fire on the Mountain (DL)Mountains of the Moon > (PL)I Know You Rider (All)[Setlist via Bill Batson // FOJC]last_img read more

A healthy replacement for dieting


first_imgChampions of intuitive eating have a message for the diet-obsessed: Stop to smell the roses. And if the roses happen to be made of frosting, don’t feel bad about eating one.Intuitive eating — the nondiet diet — abandons views of “good” and “bad” foods, and seeks to relocate mealtime beyond the shadows of insecurities and shortcomings. The idea calls for a wholesome diet, in harmony with the body. Eat what you’re hungry for, but only when you’re actually hungry. And stop eating when you’re full.“There’s so much diet talk and fat talk that goes around. We have more important things to talk about,” said Michelle Gallant, a nutritionist with Harvard University Health Services, during a panel discussion before about 50 students Friday at Sever Hall.Overweight America may be diet-crazed, but diets work for only a few, Gallant said. Most are only short-term fixes. Many dieters sink into a cycle of under-eating followed by overeating, which leads to guilt. Intuitive eating, she said, is the middle way.Nourishment is key, obviously, but eating serves more than a single purpose. Pleasure has a place, too, said Ellen Frankel, a specialist in prevention and treatment of eating disorders. “Every meal doesn’t have to be nutritionally sound.”Frankel and Gallant were joined on the panel by Heidi Feinstein, founder of Life Alive, a Massachusetts restaurant chain that emphasizes healthy eating. The event was sponsored by the Harvard College Health Advocacy Program (HAP) and Eating Concerns Hotline and Outreach (ECHO).HAP co-president Gita Bhattacharya ’16 said the group decided on an event built around intuitive eating to make a point about the futility of dieting. Another student-specific concern, said Alice Li ’14, past president of HAP, is the campus environment: an often stressful one of late nights, where food is almost always within reach.Panelists provided both an overview of intuitive eating and concrete tips on how to get started. The admonition to eat when hungry also means not waiting too long between meals, the group said, because to do so often leads to excess.  Carry healthy snacks, said Feinstein and Frankel. And a student en route to the dining hall should take a moment to think through the many choices and what he or she is craving, Gallant said.If it’s a cheeseburger, panelists said, the student should go ahead. Deprivation is likely to leave the body unsatisfied, which means snacking — and a worse result than just having the burger in the first place. “I will never not eat French fries and chocolate cake. I know they don’t nourish my body, but my body is nourished by the rest of the food [I eat],” Feinstein said.Planning is essential, the panelists stressed. That goes especially for the late-night crammer, who should take time for snack breaks to avoid dipping into a bag of potato chips over and over. And, Frankel added, if a student is constantly running on empty thanks to all-nighters, it might be time to hit the brakes.“What you’re hungry for is sleep, and food is not going to help that.”last_img read more

Additional COVID Recoveries, New Case Reported Wednesday, Total Now 105


first_imgWNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – One new case of COVID-19 was reported in Chautauqua County on Wednesday.The County Health Department says the new case involves a woman in her 20s.There are now 13 active cases with 105 total after three patients recovered from COVID-19 yesterday.Additionally, one person remains hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county. Since the outbreak began six people have died from the virus in Chautauqua County. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img