|23% of men (compared to 33% of women) would contact their doctor if they had felt low for |
at least 2 weeks (according to research by Mind). Suicide is the biggest killer of men aged between 20 and 49.
Christmas is a time when many people feel low and isolated. It is crucial that we, as caring and
responsible members of society are aware, and speak out to cease the stigma of mental health.
One of the joys of hosting the Advent Blog series is the chance to catch up with people, and the blogs submitted make me contemplate the things that are important. Chris Kane exemplified this last year, when he remembered his schoolfriend and rugby playing mate, David, and described the move of London Irish rugby club to its new grounds and how that change was handled with thought and sensitivity - you can read his blog here. Again this year Chris is commenting on change and acknowledging the impact particular friends can have. Chris is an expert in property and the working environment. After many years in corporate life Chris now runs his own consultancy, Chris Kane Associates, which specialises in "getting smart people to smart places" - a much wider remit than just facilities or property. You can follow Chris on Twitter, his handle is @ChrisKane55.
In the hustle and bustle of our 21st-century “always-on” lives most of us have little time to draw breath, to pause for a moment or two, to take time out. Advent 2015 for me is very different, I’m in a new ball game having stepped off the corporate merry-go-round in April.
It is a completely novel experience where every day is different.
In setting out on this journey I realised that is was driven in part by my recognising that I can see things differently to many in my former profession. Change is never easy and leaving a full-time job to step out into the unknown world of self-employment is not something that most people do on a voluntary basis. So far it has been very meaningful and productive in ways I couldn’t have foreseen.
|Scene from Banksy's Dismaland 2015 (butcher with lasagne)|
|Every day is different|
|Scene from Frank Capra's 1946 film, "It's a Wonderful Life"|
|Celtic calendar showing Samhain preceding Yule|
and a helping, yet challenging hand is very useful. When thinking about a topic for this blog it struck me that comets are buzzing around the universe all the time yet we can only see them at certain times or with special equipment. For example, Halley’s comet, only appears in our skies every 75 years.
|1908 article, from The San Francisco Call, predicting return of Halley's comet in 1910|
|Hale Bopp as seen in early 1997|
|Orionid meteor shower (formed from the dust left by Hally's comet)|
|Leaving your mark as a legacy|