Health & Fitness

Emergency-services staff needed to help with mental health

The call is out for Blue Light Champions from the emergency services to help deliver mental-health support to their colleagues. Tyneside and Northumberland Mind, which delivers the programme, has responded to worrying figures suggesting that one in four emergency-service workers…

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Yoga, an Ancient Technique for A Modern Malady

Stress, depression and anxiety are not new – Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine, described them in the fifth century BCE.  However, our modern lifestyle has given rise to an unprecedented number of people now reported as suffering from these conditions. …

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

  Sleep. Churchill, Da Vinci and Napoleon famously only needed a few hours. For the rest of us, the recommended amount of sleep is around seven to eight hours a night, but everybody is different and some people can get…

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Come Out Fighting

As a man  I often get told I have a feminine job, all about feelings and emotions. I don’t take offence – I probably have got “hands that do dishes” and weak wrists! It’s true, working with ladies, we often talk about…

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In At The Deep End

The Fire fighters Charity’s Head of Marketing and Engagement, Tim Beynon, joins beneficiaries for a day on the programme at Jubilee House. It was shortly after scanning the programme of activities for the day ahead that I began to regret…

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Hypnotherapy and the Fire Service

Mental Health, Therapy and the Fire Service I have worked closely for over ten years with the Fire service across England and Wales. One common feature of those years was the sense that so much anxiety, psychological pain and disturbance…

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Calling Smokers… It’s About Time!

“Nicotine patches are great.  Stick one over each eye and you can’t find your cigarettes.” ~Author Unknown I have heard so much about Stoptober on TV and radio programmes. I anticipate there are a lot of smokers feeling a failure...
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The Blue Light Programme

We’re Mind and we’re experts in mental health. with government funding, we have launched a major new programme to help police, ambulance, fire and search and rescue staff and volunteers to talk openly about mental health – and to find...
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Osteopathy and the Fire Brigade

HAZARDS OF THE JOB Every job has its occupational hazards and for those working in The Fire Brigade, there are few exceptions. Whether its the physical demands of frontline fire and rescue, or sitting for long hours at a desk…

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Fitness For Role: Staying Healthy Whilst Working Longer

UK government demands have necessitated significant changes within public services brought about by a legal obligation to balance a significantly decreased budget. Changes to pension means organisations have to manage the retention of an older working population with increasing physical…

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