Entries by patricia-balty

Supporting Emotional Wellbeing in the Workplace Event

Press Release   10 December 2015 SUPPORTING EMOTIONAL WELLBEING IN THE WORKPLACE EVENT. Derry Healthy Cities – Health@Work NI and CLEAR Project both funded by the Public Health Agency, recently hosted a half day seminar and networking event for employers, the purpose of the event was to raise awareness of local mental health service providers […]

Substance Misuse

ALCOHOL IN THE WORKPLACE Alcohol related harm is a growing concern both regionally and nationally. Evidence would suggest alcohol related harm costs the Northern Ireland economy £900 million annually, with £77.5million lost to presenteeisim at work and £33.1million lost to absenteeism from work. In Northern Ireland alcohol is the most commonly abused substance, and the […]


SMOKING FACTS Smoking is the single greatest preventable cause of death in the world today. There are more than one billion smokers worldwide – that’s one quarter of all adults – and it’s killing up to half the people who smoke. In Northern Ireland, around 340,000 people aged 16 and over smoke. Smoking contributes to […]

Policy Development Implementation

A healthy policy sets out what your business, in partnerships with its employees, will do to promote health. KEY ELEMENTS OF A HEALTH AND WELLBEING POLICY Workplace health promotion policies should be clearly written so that there is no misunderstanding regarding their content. Try to keep it simple. No two business are the same, it […]

Benefits of Physical Activity

The workplace is an important setting to encourage employees to increase their levels of activity to benefit their health and protect against the most common health problems. Physical activity is essential for good health and contribute to positive wellbeing. WHO defines physical activity as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure […]

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common physical work- related problems in the UK and in particular back pain, neck and shoulder pain and upper/lower limb disorders. The main causes of MSD’s in the workplace are: repetitive work, poor posture, excessive force, lifting and carrying heavy loads, strenuous pushingand pulling,and standing and sitting for long periods. […]

Mental Health

Mental Health is the foundation for our healthandwellbeing. It gives us the ability to cope with every day pressures and manage change in our lives. The way staff are managed can impact significantly upon their mental and emotional wellbeing. Mental ill-health or distress is a major cause of sickness absence from work, reduced productivity and […]