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Issue 045

Even though mental illness affects one in five adults – and depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide – secrecy and stigma around the issue continue. The problem is especially acute in the workplace. While individuals with mental illness often wish to work and are able to, their unemployment rates remain three to four times those of individuals without mental illness.

Having a few drinks at Christmas is, for some people, as much a part of the festive tradition as presents, decorations or carols. So if you find yourself nursing a hangover on Boxing Day, you might be interested to know what’s actually going on inside your body and why you feel so bad.

When we started Neyber, we set out to help employees be better with their money and knew that companies would benefit from the knock-on effect. Now, five years on, we know that we and our clients completely underestimated the impact a financial wellbeing programme would have.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when holiday parties collide with collegiate and professional athletics events. What do they all have in common? Booze, lots of it, and often free. It’s no wonder the lead reindeer has a red nose. Of course, drinking isn’t limited to a single season, but it holds a prominent place during the holidays. Across a few short weeks, consumption of spiked cider, boozy nog, wine, beer, cocktails and variations thereof may be higher than at any other point in the year. One industry study suggested that drinking doubles at this time of year. During this party time, we see up close the drinking habits of our partners, co-workers, relatives and, of course, ourselves.

More than 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions have already given up on their goals by February. While there’s a lot of resolution advice on the internet, much of it fails to highlight the crux of behavioral change.

It’s a new year and many people are in the mood for making a fresh start. And that often means giving something up (cigarettes, alcohol, junk food). Unfortunately, the odds of sticking with new year resolutions are not good. Come February, 80% of people will have given up giving up. So what can we learn from the 20% who make it?

You’ll no doubt be all too aware of just how important employee benefits (EB) are to any business when attracting and retaining talent. Along with salary and pension, insured benefits like life, health and disability insurance can be the difference between keeping an employee engaged and losing them to a competitor. It can also be the deciding factor for a candidate when choosing a company to work for.

Ricardo Almeida MAXIS GBN Head of Business Development As Head of Business Development, Ricardo Almeida is responsible for the development, enhancement and execution of MAXIS GBN strategy globally. His team works with our strategic partners to develop employee benefit solutions for multinational clients across the globe. Ricardo has worked in the employee benefits industry since 1999. He has been with MAXIS GBN since 2016 as its Americas distribution leader,

Hal Sosabowski University of Brighton Professor of Public Understanding of Science Professor Hal Sosabowski holds a Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Brighton in the UK. He has an international reputation for performing high-end exhibition science, most recently at the All Russia Science Festival in Moscow and the Abu Dhabi Festival of Science. He has also toured Europe extensively. He was the first scientist

Sara Jo Nixon University of Florida Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry Dr. Nixon’s work uses comprehensive behavioral assessments including neuropsychological testing, brain electrophysiology (electroencephalography and event-related potentials), and clinical research interviews. Her team is currently conducting a NIAAA funded R01 directed to clarifying the intersection of cognitive and emotional processing in men and women who are either seeking treatment for a substance use disorder or do not meet these criteria

Wendy Wood University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Provost Professor of Psychology and Business Wendy Wood is a social psychologist whose research addresses the ways that habits guide behavior – and why they are so difficult to break – as well as evolutionary accounts of gender differences in behavior. Professor Wood has been Associate Editor of Psychological Review, Journal of Personality and Social

Ian Hamilton University of York Associate Professor, Addiction and Mental Health Ian investigates the impact drug use has on individuals and populations. Focusing on the social, health and political issues related to drug and alcohol use. He writes a regular column for The Independent, provides opinion pieces for the British Medical Journal as well as publishing academic papers. Prior to becoming an academic Ian worked as a mental health

Sally Marlow King’s College London Addictions Researcher Sally Marlow is a research scientist based at King’s College London with a particular interest in the relationships between addiction, mental health and the arts. She is also a broadcaster, and recently developed and presented The Science of Addiction for BBC Radio 4.

Bandy X. Lee Yale School of Medicine, Yale University Assistant Clinical Professor Dr. Bandy Lee is a forensic psychiatrist and an internationally recognized expert on violence. She is the editor of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” published in 2017 and updated in 2019. Trained in medicine and psychiatry at Yale and Harvard Universities, and in medical anthropology as a

Monica Kalia Neyber Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Monica Kalia is the Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Neyber, a multi-award-winning Fintech focused on improving the financial wellbeing of hard-working people in the UK. Monica currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the UK’s leading debt charity, StepChange, as well as a number of Government steering groups dedicated to driving financial inclusion, including Innovate Finance’s Strategy Group –