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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18-22 May)

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18-22 May)

  A Bit About Me (Nick)   I have been an anxious person all my life. One early example of this was developing stress induced shingles when preparing for my GCSEs! I was diagnosed with GAD (generalised anxiety disorder) and depression when I was 21…

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Deaf Awareness Week (4-11 May)

Deaf Awareness Week (4-11 May)

What is Deaf Awareness week? Deaf Awareness week takes place between the 4th and 10th May 2020. Deaf Awareness Week aims to increase awareness in relation to deafness/hearing loss and provides resources and guidance to help- support deaf people, their families, friends and teachers. Deafness…

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Working from home during COVID-19 as a disabled employee

Working from home during COVID-19 as a disabled employee

  First of all, I hope you are all keeping safe and well and managing to adjust to home working as best you can. Please remember to be kind to yourselves whenever you can.   The coronavirus pandemic has brought us all some huge challenges,…

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SHU Disability Leave Policy

SHU Disability Leave Policy

Disability leave is planned or unplanned time off from work for a reason relating to an individual’s impairment/disability.   Although in the UK there isn’t technically a legal requirement for every organisation or company to have such a policy, the Equality Act 2010 requires employers to make…

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Purple Day 2020 – International Epilepsy Awareness Day

Purple Day 2020 – International Epilepsy Awareness Day

Thursday 26th March is Purple Day, an international day to raise awareness of Epilepsy. Epilepsy is a serious neurological condition that can affect anyone, at any age and from any walk of life. There are around 600,000 people in the UK living with Epilepsy, that’s…

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Purple Day – Holly’s Story

Purple Day – Holly’s Story

  History I wasn’t born with Epilepsy. I never had any seizures as a child and there is no family history either. Whilst at University, I started to feel these strange sensations where nothing felt right. The room would go a bit hazy and I…

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Purple Day – Katie’s Story

Purple Day – Katie’s Story

  History I knew very little about epilepsy until about just over two years ago. One day in January 2018 I was driving to the supermarket with my 4-year-old daughter and the next thing I remember, there was a paramedic at my car door. I’d…

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Artist Lucy Jones is interviewed by Charlotte Jansen for The Guardian

Artist Lucy Jones is interviewed by Charlotte Jansen for The Guardian

‘For Jones, disability is something the rest of the world needs to learn to deal with, rather than something she should be expected to explain. Paintings are a form of protection.’ “…In my self-portraits I reflect back other people’s projections.”  

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Mental Health at Work

Mental Health at Work

In preparation for Mental Health Awareness Week Spark! encourages managers to read this ACAS guidance: Mental Health in the Workplace to support you to support your staff.    

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Article about being bipolar

Article about being bipolar

Owen Gower from Estates writes brilliantly about his mental health here for LionHeart magazine:   The one about the Bipolar surveyor    

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