Author: Health Matters Team

It’s always been clear how important sleep is to our health and wellbeing and yet it is still taken very much for granted. People who frequently get the recommended amount of sleep feel better, look better and are in better health overall. On the other hand, lack of sleep is associated with poor mental health and can lead to anxiety or...

Our Health and Wellbeing team have been very busy recently training ‘Health Champions’ for various workplaces across Northern Ireland. Once trained, each Health Champion can advise, facilitate and act as a health ambassador for their organisation with an overall goal of developing and promoting a healthy workplace for all staff members. The role of the health champion includes: Promoting the workplace...

Type 2 diabetes is a risk for around 11.9 million people in the UK. Anyone can get type 2 diabetes but some people are more at risk than others. It is important to assess your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and take steps to lower this risk. Diabetes Risk Assesment Clinics This year to mark world diabetes day, we held a...

Health Matters are encouraging employers and employees to be ‘mindful’ when it comes to understanding and managing stress in the workplace. Stress isn’t always bad. A little bit of stress can help you stay focused, energetic and able to meet new challenges in the workplace. While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and performance, impact...

We have recently added a new training course to our Healthcare Course portfolio - Adult Safeguarding including Role of Safeguarding Champion Training for Trainers. This 4-day programme has been specifically designed for senior and suitably experienced staff who work within a diverse range of healthcare settings within the Statutory, Voluntary and Private Care Sectors. The programme outline has been developed to...

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) signed up to our Health Matters at Work initiative which has enabled us to provide support, training, tools and guidance in developing and implementing their health and wellbeing initiative. The overall aim of the initiative is to support workplaces in promoting positive physical and mental health and wellbeing within the workplace. Chief Human Resources Officer Paul...

Mental Health and the Workplace Mental ill health affects 1 in 4 people in Northern Ireland and can present itself in many forms, from stress and anxiety to depression and bipolar disorder. Poor mental health is one of the biggest issues in the workplace today where between 10% and 25% of fulltime employees may be experiencing mental ill health. Workplace factors...

The team at Health Matters are delighted to be announced as finalists for two awards at The Greater Newry Business Awards. The award categories we have been shortlisted for are Best Business Growth and Best Customer Service (Service Sector).   Over the past number of months, Health Matters has experienced a lot of growth throughout the company. We have taken on many...

Last week, Health Matters held two ‘Maintaining Momentum’ coffee mornings for the participants of Year 1 of our Health Matters at Work Initiative (Newry on Tuesday 22nd August and Belfast on Thursday 24th August 2017). Representatives from companies in the Belfast, Southern and South Eastern trust areas were invited to attend. These mornings allowed likeminded businesses to come together and discuss...