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    Latest information on the coronavirus

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    What you need to know to protect yourself and your colleagues. If you have recently travelled from one of the affected areas, or have had contact with someone who has, and you have flu-like symptoms, please contact 111 for advice and guidance before seeing your GP.

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    What is good sleep hygiene and how can you practise it?

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    You may have heard of ‘sleep hygiene’ or ‘clean sleeping’. Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with washing your bed linen; it’s actually good habits for a restful night’s sleep. Discover the best tips here.

  • Couple enjoying a glass of wine on sofa
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    Is drinking alcohol before bed bad for your sleep?

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    Have you ever indulged in a nightcap or two before going to bed? It’s widely believed that it can help you to drift off more easily. This concept has been around since the 1700s, but in the modern day, its effects on sleep are now being questioned.

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    What are the best ways to relax and unwind before bedtime?

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    We all deal with daily stresses and pressure, but sometimes it can be hard to put these to bed before we ourselves drift off into a slumber. Discover our handy tips on how you can wind down after a long day.

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    Cohen perceived stress scale

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    Please choose the answers that best describe your thoughts and feelings during the past month.

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    Your wellbeing assessment

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    Complete our short wellbeing assessment which will provide you with a personalised wellbeing rating based on your responses and will assist you in identifying the help that might be available to support your mental wellbeing.

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    What to do when a colleague dies

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    Any death – at whatever age, and by whatever cause – is distressing. And while people leave jobs for all sorts of reasons, it’s very different when a workplace looks and feels diminished because of a death. 

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    Problem gambling

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    If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to gambling, a range of self-help tips and support services are available.

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    Understanding compulsive gaming

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    Approximately 32 million people in the UK enjoy online video games. While the majority spend an average of 10 hours per week playing, some people struggle with what the World Health Organisation refers to as a gaming disorder.

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    Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder

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    A traumatic event can cause anyone to feel anxious, scared and distressed. It’s estimated that one in three people who have been exposed to a traumatic event will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or complex-post traumatic stress disorder (c-PTSD). 

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    What is diabetes?

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    Diabetes is a group of metabolic disorders in which a person has abnormally high blood sugar, either because their pancreas does not produce enough insulin or because these cells do not respond to the insulin that the body produces.

  • Young woman reading to an older lady smiling
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    What is osteoarthritis?

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    Osteoarthritis is a long-term condition that causes joints to become painful and stiff. It’s the most common type of arthritis in the UK, affecting over 8.75 million people. Find out more about the condition.

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    What is heart failure?

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    Heart failure refers to the condition when the heart is unable to pump blood around the body as well as it should. This can lead to oxygen deprivation to the rest of the body, and abnormal back pressure developing within blood vessels of the body, causing a number of problems.

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    What is coronary heart disease?

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    It’s estimated that over seven million people in the UK have a diagnosis of coronary heart disease (CHD), with more men than women affected. Learn about the risk factors, symptoms and treatments associated with this condition. 

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    Understanding low mood

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    Feeling low from time to time is a part of life, and we’ve all experienced periods of sadness, upset, and disappointment at some point in our lives. Low mood can be distressing, but there are things we can all do to recover and return to our usual routines.

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    What is a stroke?

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    A stroke occurs when part of the brain dies as a result of oxygen deprivation, typically due to a blockage in one of the arteries leading to the brain or one of the small vessels deep inside the brain. Learn how to spot the signs of a stroke.

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    What is atrial fibrillation?

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disturbance in the UK, affecting around one million adults. In AF, the normal regular electrical impulses of the heart become disorganised, leading to an irregular heartbeat. Find out more about the condition.

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    What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a number of chronic lung diseases which include chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Learn about the symptoms of COPD and the treatments that are available.

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    Understanding cholesterol

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    Cholesterol is something which everyone has as it is produced naturally and is needed to help keep us healthy. However, if unhealthy levels of cholesterol are allowed to develop these can lead to serious health issues.

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    Raising responsible teenagers

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    Raising your teenager to become a responsible, independent and happy adult is an ongoing process but here are some things that you can do to help ease the journey.