Health Minister calls on social media companies to take responsibility – “It is incredibly frustrating …

Health Minister calls on social media companies to take responsibility – “It is incredibly frustrating …

The Health Minister has urged people to be more cautious over what they share on social media afte…
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New report on health disparities among ethnic minority groups caused by Covid-19

A Public Health England (PHE) report published in June, entitled Covid-19: review of disparities in…
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Hertfordshire coronavirus: Health chief supports visiting ‘very Covid-secure’ restaurants despite …

Hertfordshire’s Director of Public Health has described restaurants in the county as “very Covi…
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Coronavirus / New Covid case a local resident, health board confirms

Coronavirus / New Covid case a local resident, health board confirms

THE LATEST coronavirus case in the isles is a person living in Shetland, the local health board has…
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St Albans adolescent mental health unit inquiry closes with no arrests

A police investigation into reports of physical and sexual child abuse at a mental health unit has …
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One in 10 incidents attended by London Ambulance crews ‘involve mental health’

Mental health incidents have increased each month since March, when the Covid-19 lockdown measures …
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Why mental health is top of the agenda for business leaders this year

Why mental health is top of the agenda for business leaders this year

Few will know better than Brian Dow the impact the pandemic has had on our individual and collectiv…
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Rural health cooperatives are challenged by connectivity and social distancing – but are innovating

Rural areas are seeing some of the fastest spread of the COVID-19 in the U.S., taxing already s…
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Digital Health Unplugged: Collaboration between suppliers

The latest Digital Health Unplugged is now live. This time we take a look at the importance of coll…
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Socialising regularly can help with brain health and could prevent dementia, study finds

Socialising regularly can help with brain health and could prevent dementia, study finds

Older adults who socialise regularly have a healthier brain structure which could help ward off d…
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Contact tracing for Covid-19 and workplace health and safety

Whilst arrangements to test, trace and track Covid-19 cases are outside of the scope of the Health …
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Gender inequalities in health and wellbeing across the first two decades of life: an analysis of 40 …

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Wales circuit break lockdown and health, education & economy

Wales circuit break lockdown and health, education & economy

­— Health The British Medical Association welcomed the circuit break, amid “deep co…
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Contact tracing: digital health on the frontline

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Help! My skin problem has hit boiling point: Dr MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions

QUESTION:  For years, I have been suffering from boils in a very delicate place. Antibiotics haven…
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'No stigma' in nurses seeking mental health support, CNOs urge

‘No stigma’ in nurses seeking mental health support, CNOs urge

Speaking at a nursing conference, Ruth May, Professor Jean White, and Professor Charlotte McArdle, …
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A Viral Theory Cited by Health Officials Draws Fire From Scientists

As the coronavirus pandemic erupted this spring, two Stanford University professors — Dr. Jay Bha…
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Crisis Response

Durham Mental Health Services offers a range of crisis supports to assist individuals who are exper…
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'Reach out if you feel alone': Unemployed father-of-two, 51, whose tweet about mental health …

‘Reach out if you feel alone’: Unemployed father-of-two, 51, whose tweet about mental health …

An unemployed father-of-two whose tweet about mental health during lockdown went viral – sparking nearly 100,000 comments from across the world – has urged others to ‘reach out if you feel alone’. Edmund O’Leary, 51, from Epsom, Surrey, was met with a wave of support on social media after he took to Twitter and candidly admitted ‘I am not OK’ having endured months living alone during the pandemic. The tweet has since been seen over 10 million times and has received over 300,000 likes.  Mr O’ Leary, who has been unemployed for 18 months after working as a mental health worker, has received messages of from people around the world, including top journalists, actresses and company bosses.   Today he spoke to ITV’s This Morning to explain how the viral tweet came about. He said: ‘On Friday I was feeling very depressed and isolated and I have Twitter friend who writes similar things, I thought if it worked for him it could work for me. ‘The phenomenal response is a lot about timing, it was daytime in America and a lot of people were sick and tired of all the bad news on Twitter. ‘I will keep in touch with some of these people, I would need to employ staff to reply to every tweet.’ Speaking about the impact it has had, Mr O’Leary, who has previously held jobs working in sales, travel and television engineering, said: ‘I’ve had many men reply to me and say they couldn’t do what I did. ‘They called me courageous and were applauding me. I would say to men try to reach out for help and don’t feel alone. ‘I think we are in for a pretty awful winter by all accounts, reach out for help, reach out to loved ones, and seek medical help if necessary.’ The outpouring of supportive comments came after Mr O’Leary originally took to Twitter to say: ‘I am not ok. Feeling rock bottom. Please take a few seconds to say hello if you see this tweet. Thank you.’ Mr O’ Leary later explained that this ‘absolutely horrendous’ year had taken a toll on his mental health. The father had hoped to see his son Patrick 22, graduate with a first-class degree and was also due to take his other son Conner to Dublin to begin his PhD but both were subsequently cancelled amid the coronavirus crisis. He told The Sunday Times: ‘Most days are really rubbish, and yesterday was another day I was feeling really low. I thought: ”I’m going to be honest.”  ‘I am shocked at the degree of the response. It has been phenomenal … It was just crazy.’ He added: ‘This year has been absolutely horrendous. My mental health has really taken a battering. I live on my own, I’m divorced, I don’t have much family support.’  Following his honest message, social media users rushed to the platform to share their words of encouragement. One user wrote: ‘Hello Edmund! We don’t know each other, but I know that so so so many people are feeling heavy right now. The toll of this year is immense. Just remember that it’s a relay; we can all share the baton. ‘You’re not alone. Better days are coming. You deserve them.’  While another said: ‘Hey Edmund! You’re a brave lad putting your feelings out there! Your courage has given a lot of people permission to talk about how they are feeling.  ‘Despite feeling low, you have done a lot of good. I am very grateful! Bless you!’ Another person commented: ‘Hi Edmund, I have an idea of what it feels like to be at ”rock bottom”. Remember that you are loved, you matter and that these feelings are only temporary. You’ve done the right thing by reaching out.’  And one user added: ‘Hi Edmund. I’m a fellow Brit confused by the state of the world right now. Feel free to message me anytime you feel the need to rant or just chat about stuff. It says you like aviation. Tell me, do you fly? Whats your favourite plane?’  Elsewhere others said Mr O’Leary’s candid admission had resonated with them too. One person wrote: ‘Hi Edmund. I’ve been in the same place myself very recently too. Please know that you aren’t alone – there are many millions of us out here feeling the same way, ready to help and support you through this. You are strong. You can do this. We believe in you.’  While another added: ‘Hello Edmund, I was just there recently, as a matter of fact. From my experience, there is a way up and out of it- and all the time you need to make your progress. Please hand in there.’   The father-of-two later told ITV News: ‘Suffering with depression during normal times is one thing but to end up suffering with depression during a global pandemic where there is very little good news is devastating.’ He added: ‘I’ve had people tweet from California. I’ve had people tweet from Canada. I’ve had tweets from Australia. One little boy said to his mummy: ”I really feel for Edmund O’Leary and I want him to know he is loved”. ‘People are yearning for hope, love and a bit of good news and I think my little tweet has turned into I suppose a good news story.’ 
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been pictured in his ministerial car with no face mask on.

Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said masks were provided in all ministerial cars, and earlier said all…
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Health Minister urges united front against Covid-19 as 820 more test positive

  Today’s Covid-19 dashboard figures show 820 individuals have tested positive. The Ministe…
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Osteoporosis prevention can start in the womb, says health expert

Osteoporosis prevention can start in the womb, says health expert

“These fractures are a huge public health problem,” Cooper stressed, highlighting that there are 3.5 million osteoporosis-related fragility fractures in …
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Health staff visiting Covid-19 patients ‘putting lives at risk’

Healthcare assistants are carrying out home visits and handing out medication to Covid patients who…
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Exam uncertainty is creating a teenage mental health crisis

Who’d be a teenager right now, especially one studying for their GCSEs or A-Levels? When Educatio…
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'Robust' assurances over tax affairs have bitter ring for health worker – Greg Wright

‘Robust’ assurances over tax affairs have bitter ring for health worker – Greg Wright

She is far from wealthy and has always been keen to pay her taxes because she knows the money raise…
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Public health alert – south east Sydney – News

NSW Health alerted the public to a positive case of COVID in the area on 15 October, and can advise today that, while investigations into the source of …
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Hofseth Biocare ASA: HBC RECEIVES APPROVAL FROM HEALTH CANADA FOR QUALIFIED …

HBC has now received approval from Health Canada for Qualified Health Claims (QHCs) for its Salmon Protein Hydrolysate (ProGo® and CollaGo®).
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Health Unit reports positive COVID-19 case in area school

Health Unit reports positive COVID-19 case in area school

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has confirmed an individual has tested…
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Join our partners to mark the European Week for Safety and Health at Work 2020!

This year’s European Week for Safety and Health at Work, held from 19 to 23 October 2020, is raising awareness about the recently launched …
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RWJBarnabas Health Is Integrating Social Determinants Of Health Into Patient Care

Earlier last week, RWJBarnabas Health announced a groundbreaking initiative: the integration of soc…
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