What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a very effective tool to help you thrive in all areas of your life. It can help give you the power to live your life to its full potential.

When you look back over the last few weeks and months what defining moments can you remember? Imagine if you could learn to make a small shift in your thinking that could have a major effect to your life that would enable you to have the discernment and focus, to choose where you place your attention and to realise you have the option to make wiser choices in every moment.

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Mental Health buzz words

Mental Health

Mental health is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as "a state of mental and psychological wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, and can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community".

Poor mental health is a state in which thinking, feeling or reacting becomes difficult, or even impossible, to cope with, and could include signs of anxiety, depression, significant life stressors leading to poor sleep, headaches or other physical symptoms. Mental health is determined by a range of socioeconomic, biological and environmental factors.


Wellbeing is defined by the UK Department of Health as "feeling good and functioning well, and comprises each individual's experience of their life and a comparison of life circumstances with social norms and values". Wellbeing can be both subjective and objective.

Mental wellbeing

Mental wellbeing, as defined by Mind, describes a dynamic mental state. Individuals with good mental wellbeing are able to:

1. feel relatively confident in themselves and have positive self-esteem
2. feel and express a range of emotions
3. build and maintain good relationships with others
4. feel engaged with the world in general
5. live and work productively
6. cope with the stresses of daily life, including work-related stress
7. adapt and manage in times of change and uncertainty


Presenteeism is defined as attending work in spite of illness and so not performing at full ability. Presenteeism can be both positive and negative, due to a variety of factors. In this report we use presenteeism to mean mental health related presenteeism.


In this report, we define absence (absenteeism) as days absent from work. Absence can be both positive and negative and due to a number of factors. We use absenteeism to mean mental health-related absence.


Turnover (labour turnover) is defined as employees leaving and being replaced in a workforce. In this report, turnover refers specifically to mean mental health-related turnover.


Burnout is defined by the WHO, as a syndrome "resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed".

It is characterised by three factors: feelings of exhaustion or energy depletion; increased mental distance from one's job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and reduced performance or efficacy at work.

People with caring responsibilities

People with caring responsibilities are individuals who provide unpaid care by looking after a family member, partner or friend in need of help because of illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, and who relies on the carer's support.

Where data is available, we also consider working parents with childcare responsibilities during the pandemic. Women more often have this dual role in their lives.

According to Age UK, 68% of 'sandwich carers' - people caring for an older relative as well as bringing up a family - are women. Our survey showed that 56% of carers are women (those self-reporting as caring for one or more people).

Key workers

Key workers are defined as employees working in health and social care, education and childcare, utilities and communications, food and other essential goods, transport, key public services, public safety and national security, and aspects of national and local government.