What We Think: Ben’s Blog

I have been writing a blog since the summer of 2008. I use it to share my experiences and views on mental health – I had a breakdown in 2014/15 and live with depression and anxiety – and work life balance. I am passionate about working on my wellbeing and helping others to achieve and maintain the right work life balance and wellbeing approaches for them. My blog – along with my Twitter feed – comes with one health warning – if you read it you may have to hear about some of my other passions – my family, golf, Liverpool FC, communications, the Boston Red Sox, politics, the West Wing, and horse racing! This blog was previously hosted on Blogspot and now sits here. I am the Head of Communications at Liverpool John Moores University – I leave this role at the end of 2020 as I continue my training to become a psychotherapist. All the views expressed here are mine.

  • World Mental Health Day 2020

    To mark World Mental Health Day 2020, I was delighted to be interviewed by colleagues at The British Medical Association (BMA) as they launched their new Mental Health Network. We had a great… Read more

  • I raise a cuppa and a big smile to not drinking

    IIt remains the most difficult conversation that I regularly have. It almost guarantees tons of tumbleweed and awkwardness. It prompts social embarrassment. It leads to looks of confusion. Dismay…. Read more

  • It’s time to make a change

    When I lecture or blog on mental health and the workplace, I regularly say that managing your own mental health is about making the right choices for you. No matter how good your employer, your boss,… Read more

  • Healthy workplaces: leaders need to set an example

    Workplaces around the world are currently rightly focused on making sure they are COVID-safe, ensuing that every precaution is taken to rid their environments of dangerous bacteria, droplets of… Read more

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