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Issue 043

The saying that “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is simplistic, disingenuous, and potentially destructive. While it’s true that some who experience horrible events are stronger for surviving them, this is probably only true if they were strong to begin with. In the face of horrible events, others are more likely to be traumatised and suffer for years or decades after.

It’s something most people do everyday, often without really thinking about it, but how you wash your hands can make a real difference to your health and the wellbeing of those around you.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that a record 32.54 million people are in work in the UK¹; a statistic that looks fantastic on the surface and one that many will celebrate, particularly from a political standpoint. However, mental health issues in the workplace and presenteeism because of mental health is also at an all-time high, with 22% of employees going into work in 2018 despite feeling mentally un-well – up from 18% in 2016². It is possible that there is a correlation between an increasing workforce and an increase in workplace mental health issues; but there are numerous confounding influencing variables which pose a challenge for companies.

Ageing is inevitable and is influenced by many things – but keeping active can slow ageing and increase life expectancy. Evidence shows that ageing alone is not a cause of major problems until you are in your mid-90s. And strength, power and muscle mass can be increased, even at this advanced age.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “post-traumatic stress disorder”? When I ask this question in public presentations, the answers are along the lines of “the military”, “soldiers” and “war”. Then, when my next slide displays military themed images, it seems as if I have ingeniously predicted the audience’s response.

Julie Broderick Trinity College Dublin Assistant Professor Dr. Julie Broderick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiotherapy. She was awarded a Health Research Board (HRB) Clinical Fellowship in 2008 and her doctoral work was entitled ‘Physical Activity through the Cancer Trajectory’ and a HRB Cochrane Fellowship in 2015. She also holds an honours degree (BSc.) in Physiotherapy, a Masters in Exercise Physiology (MSc.) and a Post-graduate Diploma in Statistics (H. Dip.) from

Jane Parry Sociology, Solent University Post-Doctoral Researcher I am a sociologist of work, and am particularly interested in what work means to people, how this changes over the lifecourse, and inequalities in people’s experiences of work. My PhD looked at how Welsh coalmining communities had responded to the labour market restructuring which followed the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike, and prompted a long-standing interest in occupational attachments and how these shift

Hope Christie University of Bath; Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen PhD Candidate I have recently completed my PhD (Oct, 2019), which is focusing on the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on parents, their parenting and their wider family dynamic. My interest is understanding how parents themselves feel their PTSD has affected them as individuals, as well as their parenting behaviours. I am also interested in parenting within different cultural contexts,

Peter Clough University of Huddersfield Professor of Psychology I joined the University of Huddersfield in 2017, having previously held a post as Professor of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to this, I had a lengthy career at Hull University, where I was Head of Psychology on three occasions and also was Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching). I am interested in performance under pressure and performance enhancement. More specifically, I

Ellen W. Evans Cardiff Metropolitan University Junior Research Fellow Dr Ellen W Evans is a Junior Research Fellow at the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Ellen’s research interests relate to the impact of human cognition and behaviour upon food safety throughout the food supply chain from production through to consumer handling and the development of targeted interventions to reduce the risk of foodborne illness from food

Camilla Lewis Aon Health Management Consultant An expert member of Aon’s health management team specialising in Workplace Wellbeing, Mental and Occupational health, and data analysis. The team assists business performance improvement through increased productivity, engagement, attendance and talent management through analysis and data-driven change. Health care management fosters improved and holistic changes in your employees’ health and productivity through well-thought-out intervention, reduced hospitalizations, and decreased accumulated lifestyle risks.