Stress Awareness Month, April 2024 – Positive V Negative Stress – Managing Stress Effectively

What is Stress? Stress can lurk in all aspects of our lives whether that be in response to personal or professional pressures, or sometimes a combination of both

Stress Awareness Month, April 2024 – The Power of Resilience

What is Resilience? Being resilient means adapting and bouncing back when something difficult happens (Miles, 2022)

Stress Awareness Month, April 2024 – Understanding Parental Mental Health

Parental Mental Health and Managing Family Stress Being a parent brings a lot of challenges and for parents that have a mental health problem, these challenges can be exacerbated

International Women’s Day

On this day, we think about the women, in this country and throughout the world, who are not free to make their own decisions and who live in fear and conflict.

Children’s Mental Health Week – 5-11 February

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? The Children’s Society (2024) reports that: 1 in 6 children aged 5-16 are likely to have a mental health problem. 17 to 23 year old women are the most at risk group of developing a mental health problem. SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING There are various things parents and carers can…

Time to Talk Day

Time to Talk Day emphasises the importance of communicating with friends and family and in some circumstances, with professionals

Healthy Habits

We see January as a great opportunity to develop healthy habits, whether that means trying something new or building on existing skills or routines

Wellbeing at Christmas

Mind state that Christmas can affect your mental health if you

Can Oestrogen Rich Foods Help with the Effects of Menopause?

Recently, I caught the tail end of a discussion, on the radio, about oestrogen rich foods

Stress Awareness Day – 2023

Feeling stressed out? You are not alone! Stress is everywhere. Work. Relationships. Money, Parenting. There are ways to deal with all of this. Stress means something different to everybody but essentially, it is wanting things to be different to how they are now. Meditations and mindfulness can help to cope with stress. The techniques will…

World Menopause Day

Menopause is a natural stage of life experienced by the majority of women

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day takes place annually on 10 October. This year’s theme is ‘mental health is a universal human right’.   The purpose of this annual event is to raise awareness of mental health and to drive positive change. One of the main factors for this is having more conversations about mental health and…

Looking After and Enhancing Wellbeing

What is Wellbeing? Wellbeing refers to “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy” (Mental Health Foundation, 2015).

“Back to School” – Supporting Wellbeing

With children and young people returning to or starting a new school/college, we thought it imperative to share an article focusing on children, young people and parent/guardian mental health and wellbeing.

Christmas & Financial Wellbeing

Financial Wellbeing is essential because it means feeling secure and in control of day-to-day finances (CIPD, 2023).

Volunteers Week – 1-7 June

Volunteers’ Week takes place 1-7 June, celebrating the positive contribution volunteers make to society. At Maxwell Hodge, we have Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) meaning our people can go and volunteer with a charity/organisation during work time. We are using Volunteers’ Week to encourage our people to utilise ESV because of the many benefits it has:…

Mental Health Awareness Week – ‘Anxiety’

The theme for this Mental Health Awareness Week is Anxiety


Resilience Becoming more resilient is important for individuals and businesses. This is because building resilience means we can react better to situations. On an individual basis, this means we can deal with stress more effectively. For businesses, resilience enables a positive response to the ever-changing world of work, thus being in a better position to…

My Whole Self Day 2023

Today, 14 March 2023, is My Whole Self Day. This is an annual campaign by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, the purpose of which is to drive positive workplace culture change

Wellbeing on Valentine’s Day

Whether you are in a relationship or not, you may experience difficult emotions around Valentine’s Day. You could particularly struggle at this time of year with heightened feelings of loneliness and/or low self-esteem. Idealised relationships often presented on social media and TV can trigger or worsen such emotions.

Healthy Habits

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Team are focusing on Healthy Habits this month.

Stress Awareness

This week, 7th-11th November 2022, is International Stress Awareness Week. In recognition of this, we have prepared this short blog emphasising the importance of managing stress effectively. WHAT IS STRESS? In order to develop techniques for managing stress, it is important firstly to understand what stress means. HSE define stress as ‘the adverse reaction people…

Mental Health Awareness

Theme The Theme for this years’ Mental Health Awareness Week is Loneliness.

Anti-Bullying Week 2021

It was recently Anti-Bullying Week, which took place 15th-19th November. The theme for this year was One Kind Word, which emphasises the significance that our words have and whether how we treat others has a negative or positive impact. Bullying can happen to anyone at any time, whether you are a child at school, a…


Today is “World Menopause Day” – a day where we can raise awareness and highlight the support available for our health and wellbeing.

Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week

PURPOSE The purpose of Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week (4-9 May 2021) is to encourage important conversations regarding mental illness during pregnancy and/or after giving birth and signposting women and their families to dedicated organisations offering advice, information and support to enable recovery. The Facts According to The Mental Health Foundation, the most common…

Valentine’s Day & Mental Health

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate loving relationships. However, many of us will suffer with our mental health because Valentine’s Day can heighten feelings of loneliness and self-worth.

Children and Young People’s Mental Health

WHY IT MATTERS The Mental Health Foundation states that 1 in 10 children and young people will experience a mental health problem.

Time to Talk Day

Today, Thursday 4th February 2021, is Time to Talk Day.

Christmas and Mental Health

Christmas can be such a wonderful time for many of us as we get to connect with loved ones and spend time with one another. However, Christmas can also have a negative impact on our mental health.

World Mental Health Day 2020

What is Mental Health?

The Impact of COVID-19 on our Mental Health – September 2020

Mental Health & COVID-19 The long-term mental health implications of COVID-19 are currently unknown, but what we do know is that there are several factors to consider.

Stress Awareness

To highlight stress awareness this year, our Mental Health First Aid Team asked the Board of Directors what stress management means to them and the techniques they use to overcome stress:

Stress Awareness

What is Stress? Stress is the body’s reaction to change. Naturally, we use physical, mental and emotional responses to deal with any change that requires an adjustment or response and therefore, stress is a normal part of life.

Mental Health on Valentine’s Day

Loneliness, low self-esteem and difficulty managing mental health in a relationship can all heighten due to Valentine’s day and whether or not we are in a loving relationship, we can all feel left out on days like Valentine’s day.

Healthy Habits

Habits provide the basis for our most positive outcomes in life; mindfulness, becoming fitter/stronger and giving work our full attention – but our habits nevertheless create most of the problems that we encounter in our lives, such as getting lost for hours on social media instead of being present for the people we love.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but also a time when stress levels soar.

Christmas can cause high levels of stress, pressure and conflict.

Mental Health Awareness Day

Maxwell Hodge has a legal duty of care to all employees, which means that all possible steps need to be taken to protect individual wellbeing and provide necessary, and sometimes crucial, support. Maintaining a healthy workplace is a priority.

Mental Health First Aider Training – Julie Sowery

I recently attended Mental Health First Aider in the Workplace Course along with Claire, Kris and Sarah. It was a two day course which proved to be quite intense and in turn, emotionally and mentally challenging.