If you are experiencing health concerns, are wanting to find out how to improve your health or are a manager seeking more background health information to support a member of staff our list of resources (which will expand over time) may be of help. If you are in crisis or know a colleague who may be feeling this way the Counselling Service has specific advice.
Allergies, also known as allergic diseases, are a number of conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to typically harmless substances in the environment. These diseases include hay fever, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma, and anaphylaxis.
- Allergy UK - leading charity providing support, advice and information for those living with allergic disease.
- MIND - Explains anxiety and panic attacks, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support.
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one joint or multiple joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment methods.
- Versus Arthritis (previously Arthritis Research UK)
- About Arthritis
- Arthritis and the workplace (Arthritis Foundation)
Asthma is a long-term disease of the lungs (chronic respiratory disease). It causes your airways to get inflamed and narrow and makes breathing difficult.
- Asthma UK - Understanding asthma
Back pain is very common. Staying active is really important, and there are many treatment options that can help you manage your pain and aid recovery.
- BUPA has a detailed health information on types of back pain, treatment options and Desk stretches.
- The BackCare charity aims to significantly reduce the burden of back & neck pain by providing information, guidance and advice to all people and organisations those affected by such pain and has a list of exercises and top tips for a healthy back
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another. It used to be known as manic depression.
Bowel cancer is cancer that starts in the large bowel (colon) or back passage (rectum). It is also known as colorectal cancer.
- Bowel Cancer UK - Information on bowel cancer
Breast cancer starts in the breast tissue, most commonly in the cells that line the milk ducts of the breast. It is the most common cancer in the UK. It mainly affects women but men can get it too.
Cancer support (general)
- Macmillan Cancer Support is an excellent source of free and expert advice. They have lots of information that covers the practical side of a cancer diagnosis on their website. You can also visit a local centre or call their free support line on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm). The nearest local centre is based at the Manchester Royal Infirmary – close to the main entrance. Visit their page Work and cancer for lots of useful information about managing your workload. For help talking to your employer and colleagues look through ‘Finding the words: Talking about cancer at work
- Maggie's Manchester is based in Withington, across the road from the Christie Hospital. If you or a loved one are being affected by cancer you can drop into Maggie’s for practical, emotional and social support from their professional staff at any time from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.
In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits. At its most severe, depression can be life-threatening because it can make you feel suicidal.
- MIND - Information about depression, its symptoms and possible causes, and how you can access treatment and support.
- Samaritans - Visit The Samaritans or Call 116 123
- CALM (Campaign for Living Miserably) - leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. There are 2 main types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes – where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin and type 2 diabetes – where the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the body's cells don't react to insulin.
Diabetes UK - Diabetes the basics.
Hearing loss or impairment can be temporary or permanent. It often comes on gradually as you get older, but it can sometimes happen suddenly.
- Action on Hearing Loss (RNID) - Employers Hub and support and care for individuals
- British Sign Language - basic greetings
- Hearing Dogs
Heart and circulatory diseases
Heart and circulatory diseases is an umbrella term that describes all diseases of the heart and circulation. It includes everything from conditions that are inherited, or that a person is born with, to those that are develop later such as coronary heart disease, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, stroke and vascular dementia. More than twice as many people are living with heart and circulatory diseases than with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease combined. Heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter (28 per cent) of all deaths in the UK; that's nearly 170,000 deaths each year - an average of 460 people each day or one death every three minutes.
- British Heart Foundation - Information and support
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is the name doctors use to describe a collection of otherwise unexplained symptoms relating to a disturbance in the bowels. These include abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. At any one time, IBS affects around 10-20% of people living in the UK.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Crohn's and Colitis UK - Find out about Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, affecting more than 300,000 people in the UK.
- IBD - A guide for employers
- IBD - A guide for employees
Loneliness (Loneliness Awareness Week 17 - 21 June 2019)
- Marmalade Trust - To create a society where people freely acknowledge that loneliness can exist, and will actively support those experiencing it to increase their social contact and make new friendships.”
- British Lung Association - Somebody dies from lung disease in the UK every 5 minutes.
M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
This is a long-term (chronic), fluctuating, neurological condition that causes symptoms affecting many body systems, more commonly the nervous and immune systems. M.E. affects an estimated 250,000 people in the UK, and around 17 million people worldwide. People with M.E. experience debilitating pain, fatigue and a range of other symptoms associated with post-exertional malaise, the body and brain’s inability to recover after expending even small amounts of energy.
- Prostate Cancer UK - Prostate information
- Movember - the charity tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention
- CALM (Campaign for Living Miserably) - leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
Ovarian cancer is a cancer that forms in or on an ovary. It results in abnormal cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Symptoms become more noticeable as the cancerprogresses. These symptoms may include bloating, pelvic pain, abdominal swelling, and loss of appetite, among others.
- Target Ovarian Cancer Charity - Information and support and Work and finance
- Ovarian Cancer Action - and the BRCA Hub for everything you need to know about hereditary ovarian cancer and BRCA gene mutations.
- RNIB - support services
- Employing a blind or partially sighted person (RNIB)
- Your rights in employment (RNIB)
Smoking;is the biggestcause of death and illness in the UK. More than 120,000 people die each year from diseases caused by smoking. It is a major contributor to many serious diseases, such as heart disease and lung cancer.
Caring for loved ones can have a huge effect on you, your lives and your plans - stretching you to your limits. Carers UK has help and advice for you.
Discover University and external support for staff and line managers.
The Sleep Council has advice and tips on how you can improve your sleep.
Snore Magazine has a link to Sounds from Nature for better sleep and relaxation.