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Sleep is the theme for mental health awareness week this year. The campaign describes how lack of sleep can adversely impact mental health and is widely reported as being a problem. 

Click here to see some sleep tips for those under pressure.


Click here to find out about common sleep problems.



Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month


March 2020


Ovarian cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women. It usually affects women who have been through the menopause but can also affect younger women. The ovaries are located low in a women’s abdomen and store their supply of eggs.


Symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

  • Feeling bloated all the time
  • A swollen tummy
  • Discomfort in the tummy or pelvic region
  • Feeling full soon after eating
  • Passing more urine than normal

You should see your doctor:

  • If you have felt bloated a lot e.g. more than 12 times in a month
  • If you have other symptoms which are not going away
  • If you have a family history of ovarian cancer

Ovarian Cancer Action is running an event in March “Walk in her Name" (details can be found here)

Click here for more information on symptoms.

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World Oral Health Day


20th March 2020


Top tips for dental health:

  • Make sure you maintain a good oral hygiene routine - brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
  • Floss or use an interdental brush every day.
  • See your dentist regularly.
  • When your child’s first teeth come through you should start their oral health hygiene routine.
  • You need to supervise your child when they are brushing their teeth until about the age of 7 to make sure they are brushing correctly.
  • Looking after your teeth can help your general health and wellbeing.
  • A healthy diet which is low in sugar will also help lower your risk of oral health problems.

Click here to find out more about World Oral Health Day.


Click here for more information about looking after your teeth and gums.

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Menopause in the Workplace


In 2019 there were 4.3 million employed women aged 45-60 in the UK and the average age of the menopause is 51 years. Invariably women around this age may also have significant life events occurring outside work and their career, for example responsibilities for older relatives, children leaving home and sometimes loss of a relationship.

80% of women will experience menopausal symptoms with varying levels of intensity. It can be a difficult subject for women to talk about in the workplace and it is recognised that the majority of women feel they need advice and support.

The menopause can cause varying levels of impairment to concentration, memory, mood swings, confidence, insomnia and fatigue, hot flushes and heavy painful periods.

Due to the effects of the menopause some women feel they need to work part time and some even think about leaving employment. Women might need time off to deal with their symptoms but feel unable to disclose the reason for their absence, they may feel they have to work very hard to compensate for the impairment which they feel may be impacting their ability to work.

Employers are being encouraged to look at what support they can offer both women and managers with a view to making adjustments. Women are encouraged to talk to their employer if they are experiencing difficulties at work. Your employer may be able to help you with flexible working, provision of a desk fan or moving your desk closer to the window or toilet.

Click here for more information.


Look After Your Skin in the Summer


Top tips:

  • To protect your skin wear clothing, a hat and sunglasses.
  • Head for the shade-avoid the sun from 11am-3pm when the sun is at its highest.
  • Sunscreen with an SPF30 as a minimum should be used.
  • Apply it liberally 15 - 30 minute before heading out into the sunshine.
  • Re-apply again 15 - 30 minutes after going out into the sun.
  • And re-apply after activities such as swimming or after excessive sweating which can remove sunscreen.
  • Keep small children and babies out of the sun.

The British Association of Dermatologist’s will once again run their annual campaign Sun awareness week May 4-10th to help us understand how to look after our skin and protect it from sun damage.


Sunscreen Fact Sheet


You can read more about the campaign and find resources here.


Click here for downloadable leaflets and posters.

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