Receive free confidential mental health support with Self Help

Feeling alone, depressed and shorn of hope can be debilitating and destabilising. Accessing appropriate mental health support can be challenging.  The purpose of this post is to signpost readers to support that Self Help, @WeAreSelfHelp on Twitter, can provide for people suffering from mild to moderate depression through face-to-face talking therapy to the safe places… Continue reading Receive free confidential mental health support with Self Help

CIPD Manchester branch event: ‘Lived perspectives on mental health and wellbeing’

One in four people suffer from mental health problems at any one time in the UK.  There is a growing recognition of the stigma that is attached to mental health issues through campaigns like #timetochange and the Talking Heads charity, which has received prominent media coverage thanks to the support of Princes William, Harry and… Continue reading CIPD Manchester branch event: ‘Lived perspectives on mental health and wellbeing’

Authenticity carries greatest weight

Why do you want this job? My pre-planned, pre-rehearsed answer was suddenly nowhere to be heard. Worn out by lack of sleep brought about by the arrival of my wonderful baby daughter my mind went blank. My mouth was dry, palms sweaty and, worst of all, my mind had gone blank. Instead of the confident… Continue reading Authenticity carries greatest weight

Mindful souls feed on autumn leaves

Some things can not be summarised succinctly even for those blessed with the knack of being brief. Mindfulness seems to boil down to being able to appreciate the here and now. Enjoying the dawn’s early light, sunshine shimmering on water, the smile of an infant, the embrace of a loved one…        The modern workplace and… Continue reading Mindful souls feed on autumn leaves

Resonance and reflection: what really matters to you?

The simplest messages often resonate the most. Twenty plus years ago a local preacher came and addressed my High School year group. His name and the denomination he belonged to have long since escaped me; but the core message of his sermon has not.  The man of the cloth said that we live in a… Continue reading Resonance and reflection: what really matters to you?

Four valuable lessons from uniform leadership cultural failure

There was a time my life when I longed to make a difference. I still do but, with the passing of time, I have tempered my approach. As a young twenty-one year old full of optimism I embarked on a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at Leeds University. My overt enthusiasm foundered on the… Continue reading Four valuable lessons from uniform leadership cultural failure

It’s not just what you do that counts…

Self-help and motivational literature often rightly accentuates the positives; the things people do well and which have led them to succeed in one field or another in the past. It is my supposition that, in many instances, we are as often defined by what we do not do, as what we actually do. This can… Continue reading It’s not just what you do that counts…