A mum has spoken out about her mental health and the struggles she faced battling depression while trying to cope with a full-time job. Lucy Atkinson, 29, from Hessle, developed severe clinical depression and anxiety at the age of 19 after working at a large corporation for around a year. But instead of her bosses helping her, she found herself shunned and gossiped about before being forced into "retirement" at the age of just 21. Her mental health struggles were not as a result of her employment. Doctors established that her condition of feeling extremely low and suicidal was as a result of a chemical imbalance in her body, requiring medication. But when Miss Atkinson's health problems began, she says that instead of her workplace being supportive, its negative attitude towards her illness instead spiralled her in to a deeper pit of depression. "When my mental health began to worsen, every day tasks were impossible, including work, and I had to try lots of different types of … [Read more...] about ‘I was shunned and gossiped about after time off for depression’
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Northern Ireland man on beating leukaemia as child, only to find himself battling PTSD and struggling to leave house BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Andrew Gamble doesn't remember having cancer as a young child but he will never forget the emotional trauma that hit him when he was 16. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/northern-ireland-man-on-beating-leukaemia-as-child-only-to-find-himself-battling-ptsd-and-struggling-to-leave-house-37817571.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/article37817569.ece/fd514/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-02-15_lif_48003489_I1.JPG Email Andrew Gamble doesn't remember having cancer as a young child but he will never forget the emotional trauma that hit him when he was 16. Now 21 and running his own online marketing and web development business, the Co Armagh man spent three tough years in his late teens struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Now fully recovered thanks to counselling and support from the charity Action … [Read more...] about Northern Ireland man on beating leukaemia as child, only to find himself battling PTSD and struggling to leave house
The workplace has never looked so well. From fitness groups to blood pressure monitoring and revamped canteens, companies are finally considering their employees’ physical fitness needs. Take, as example, the words of Prince William, who recently spoke out about the emotional turmoil he suffered while working as an air ambulance pilot. The Prince said that seeing children injured and killed in road traffic accidents left him feeling "very down" – and that talking to colleagues helped him to "come to terms with the enormous sadness" of what had happened. He added that “things can snowball and get quite bad” if there is not the right support at work. Now a new wave of initiatives has been launched to improve support for those with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety within offices, such as the social movement Time to Change, which is led by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. Employers are increasingly realising that mental health … [Read more...] about Why we need Mental Health First Aiders in the battle for wellbeing
SHELL shock was a condition that afflicted many soldiers on all sides during the horror of the First World War. Here's what we know about the battle induced condition and how it was treated a hundred years ago. What is shell shock? Thousands of soldiers returned from the trenches of the Somme reeling from the sheer horror of war. By 1918, 20,000 men were still suffering from shell shock and thousands more had experienced it during their service. Across the country, doctors were mystified by a condition that they hadn't seen before with Tommies coming back from the trenches blind, deaf, mute or paralysed. But medics couldn't find any physical damage to explain the symptoms. The term “shell shock” was coined in 1917 by a Medical Officer called Charles Myers. It was also known as "war neurosis", "combat stress" and later Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). At first shell shock was thought to be caused by soldiers being exposed to exploding shells but eventually doctors and … [Read more...] about What were the causes of shell shock and how was it treated during WW1?
A nan battling breast cancer was told she could not claim disability benefit - because she 'did not appear in pain.' Lynne Campbell, 53, was denied Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and also initially told she was not entitled to Universal Credit after her sick pay ran out. Lynne, from Wallasey, had been forced to give up her job as the assistant manager of a coffee shop when she was diagnosed in October last year, and required surgery and weeks of chemotherapy. However after an assessment at her home, she received a letter stating she could not be awarded PIP. Lynne then applied for Universal Credit, but was told because her partner, Alan Lamb, was working, she was not entitled to any money. Lynne, who is waiting for the official all-clear, told the ECHO: "I've had a range of emotions really ranging from anger and frustration to stress and anxiety which didn't help with my depression I've had since being diagnosed. "I just think it's terrible to be honest. It has made everything a … [Read more...] about Nan with cancer denied disability benefit and told she ‘did not appear in pain’