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Blue light programme

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We know that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year. But our independent research shows that the estimated quarter of a million people who work and volunteer in the emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to get support. Mind has been awarded LIBOR funding to develop the Blue Light Programme, to provide mental health support for emergency services staff and volunteers from police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue services across England.

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Five steps to mental wellbeing - Stress, anxiety and depression

Five steps to mental wellbeing - Stress, anxiety and depression | Uni bumped | Scoop.it

Scientific evidence points to five steps that we can take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from your life. Your mental health is important. Some mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, are common.

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Guess what? Kids' lives are unaffected by family structure

Guess what? Kids' lives are unaffected by family structure | Uni bumped | Scoop.it

Children raised by two fathers, two mothers, or single parents have the same prospects in life as those brought up by a mother and father, a major review of studies has found. Susan Golombok of Cambridge University looked at 35 years of research into family life from around the world to examine the prospects of children raised in different family environments.

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10 facts you need to know before the general election

10 facts you need to know before the general election | Uni bumped | Scoop.it

As we approach one of the most unpredictable general elections in recent history, one thing is certain. The facts behind the policy statements will be in dispute – and the public know it. This week’s NatCen poll for the UK Statistics Authority shows that while the public do trust official statistics, they just don’t trust the media or politicians to present them honestly. JRF is offering evidence-based research and policy analysis to journalists and commentators, via our new General Election 2015 hub. To start off, here are our top ten facts about incomes, work, housing and poverty in the UK, from recent research ...

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All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Uni bumped | Scoop.it

When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)

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Young and hungry in 2014 Britain

The sometimes "heavy-handed" use of benefit sanctions has been partly blamed for the rise of food banks. But what does that mean for the young people at the sharp end? I'd love to be able to afford some vegetables, I really would," says 19-year-old Yasmin. Being a qualified cook, I'd love to make myself a nice risotto or something. But I'm not rich; I'm not posh. I can't afford nice food." For the past year Yasmin has been living at the YMCA in Burton upon Trent. She is one of an estimated four million people in food poverty - without enough money to make healthy eating choices.

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How wellbeing can transform policy making

One evening earlier this year, 25 people gathered in a room in Pontypool, Wales, surrounded by flipcharts, post-its and plenty of food. One woman reflected on life, work and wellbeing:

“I wish I’d [started working part time] years ago, because I was too busy working and looking after my daughter to realise the importance of wellbeing. Now, later on in life, I do understand it. I’m calmer, I’m enjoying myself more.”

Her comment was in response this question: how can government support and encourage low earners to increase their income?

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Autism: pass this on and help educate others

An introduction to autism to help raise autism awareness in the UK.

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Stress is the UK’s top health and safety concern, say union workplace reps

The 11th biennial TUC survey of union health and safety representatives ... finds the top-five cited hazards were stress, bullying and harassment, overwork, back strains and slips, and trips and falls on a level. In top place was stress. Over two-thirds of safety reps (67 per cent) taking part in the survey said that stress, and the effect it is having on their colleagues, is one of the main concerns they have to deal with at work. One in six of the workplace reps who completed the survey say their employers are failing to conduct risk assessments, which is a breach of health and safety law, says the TUC.

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Taking wellbeing into the mainstream

At NEF we’ve known for a long time that the neoliberal story about what makes us tick, and about what the economy is for, is directly challenged by wellbeing evidence. The story tells us we are atomised, self-interested individuals, each out for ourselves – but the evidence shows that social relationships are one of the most important drivers of wellbeing. 

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State of the Nation 2014 report published by The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission

The second annual State of the Nation Report which is published and laid before Parliament today from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (SMCP), shows that Britain is on the brink of becoming a permanently divided nation. The Report says that while a strong economic recovery and a record number of people in work are welcome, the social recovery needed to get Britain back on track to abolish child poverty has not happened. Instead it predicts 2020 is set to mark the end of the first decade since records began without a fall in absolute poverty.

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Back to work support programmes for people with mental health problems announced

The Government has announced four new pilot schemes across England to help people with mental health problems into work. The voluntary programmes, which are being trialled in Durham and Tees Valley; Shropshire and Telford; Sussex and Wolverhampton, aim to offer employment support and psychological therapy to those with mental health problems who are struggling to get back into work. The programme has been developed in conjunction with the Centre for Mental Health and includes help with applying for jobs, going to interviews and coping with any rejections.

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Poverty inquiry finds growing inequality in schools

Poverty inquiry finds growing inequality in schools | Uni bumped | Scoop.it

Parents are increasingly struggling to pay for their children's school uniform, lunches and study equipment, a report on child poverty will warn this autumn. The Children's Commission on Poverty, an 18-month inquiry that is due to report to the government in the coming weeks, has heard that classrooms across the country are witnessing a growing crisis in which the gulf between children from low- and high-income families is starker than ever.

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Stand Up for Social Work 2015

Stand Up for Social Work 2015 | Uni bumped | Scoop.it

Community Care is re-launching its popular Stand up for Social Work campaign to raise the profile of social work in an election year and in the face of budget cuts combined with huge demand. We need to showcase the inspiring work that is being done every day by social workers but we also need greater transparency about the impact of budget cuts and the huge increases in demand seen over the last few years. The toll this is taking on dedicated and skilled professionals cannot be ignored if service users are to stay safe.

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Proposed new rights for people with learning disabilities – a quick guide

Proposed new rights for people with learning disabilities – a quick guide | Uni bumped | Scoop.it

Care minister Norman Lamb on Friday unveiled a green paper of proposals to give people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions more rights around the care they receive. No voice unheard, no right ignored is a consultation to gain the views of disabled people, their families, those working in the sector and other interested parties on the proposals.

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The danger of hiding who you are

The danger of hiding who you are | Uni bumped | Scoop.it

Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to her have been paralyzing. Why speak up? Because she’s realized that her silence has personal, professional and societal consequences. In front of an audience of her co-workers, she reflects on what it means to fear the judgment of others, and how it makes us judge ourselves.

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Seth Godin's Blog: Sorry confusion

There are two kinds of, "I'm sorry." The first kind is the apology of responsibility, of blame and of litigation. It is the four-year old saying to his brother, "I'm sorry I hit you in the face." And it is the apology of the surgeon who forgot to insert sterile dressings and almost killed you. The other kind of sorry is an expression of humanity. It says, "I see you and I see your pain." This is the sorry we utter at a funeral, or when we hear that someone has stumbled. You don't have to be in charge to say you're sorry. You don't even have to be responsible. All you need to do is care ...

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Neil Thompson’s Tip of the week – Take account of trauma

The term ‘trauma’ is often used in a very loose and ‘watered down’ way to refer to any difficult or distressing situation. However, in its technical sense, trauma refers to a wound (physical or psychological) that has lasting effects. We are now realising more fully that so many of the mental health problems that people encounter are linked to earlier experiences of one or more traumas ...

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Mental health prejudice rife in the workplace

I want to ask you a question. Let's say a member of your team returns to work after breaking a leg or other physical ailment. Do you: a) tread on eggshells around them, b) ignore them altogether or c) ask them how they are? Of course, you ask them how they are. It's a redundant question, right? But how does this scenario change when your colleague has returned to work having been off or recently treated for a mental health condition? Perhaps you'd be surprised to know that according to research by Bupa, nearly half of UK business leaders admit to walking on eggshells around them and just over a fifth ignore them altogether.

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ChildLine seeing more suicidal children

ChildLine seeing more suicidal children | Uni bumped | Scoop.it

The counselling service ChildLine had more than 34,000 consultations with children who talked about killing themselves in 2013/14, it has revealed. The number of such consultations has increased by 116% since 2010/2011. The NSPCC - which runs ChildLine - said that most of the children were aged between 12 and 15. Sue Minto, head of ChildLine, said social media was making the problem worse because it meant young people were unable to escape from bullying.

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Seth Godin's Blog: Plasticity

Can you change?

Are you stuck with your habits, your knowledge, your weight, your fitness, your interpersonal skills? Is your future a slightly different rerun of your past? We spend an enormous amount of time and money seeking to reinvent and upgrade ourselves, working to give up something, start something, build something or change something about who we are and what we do.

And we usually fail ...

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Children’s Society Impact Report

Children’s Society Impact Report | Uni bumped | Scoop.it

Our Impact Report is part of our accountability to our colleagues, volunteers, partners, donors and supporters. But most of all it is about our accountability to the children we have the honour to work with.

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Public attitudes towards poverty report

This report explores public attitudes to poverty and how they have changed since 2008. It also looks at how the public thinks poverty should be defined, what causes it and what kinds of policies might be effective in tackling poverty in the UK. 

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Mental health problems still a workplace stigma

Mental health problems still a workplace stigma | Uni bumped | Scoop.it

Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, and keeping this from your employer? If so, you are not alone. A survey from Friends Life found that 40% of 2,000 respondents from a cross-section of industries had experienced these kinds of mental health problems and had not told their employer. Over half of those surveyed said they thought that if they were open about a mental health issue it would damage their career prospects.

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Seth Godin's Blog: Wishing vs. doing

By giving people more ways to speak up and more tools to take action, we keep decreasing the gap between what we wish for and what we can do about it.

If you're not willing to do anything about it, best not to waste the energy wishing about it.

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