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Opportunity to take part in focus groups looking at alcohol

Date: 5 Nov 2013

A multi-agency team in Cornwall is currently looking at how we can help more people to drink safely.  Data shows that significant numbers of people drink over the recomemended daily levels often with negative impacts on their physical and mental health and detrimental effects on family life and work.

However, there is little evidence about why people regularly drink too much and what might help them to take more control over this habit.  This is particularly true for men who tend to have less contact with health or other support services where there might be an opportunity to discuss the issue.

We would like to get a much better understanding about what working-age men know or feel about safer drinking and whether there are any steps we can take to improve the support or information that is available in the community.  We would like to run a series of focus groups typically with 6-8 people in a group sharing their thoughts and experiences.  The discussions would be confidential with any report produced containing only anonymous information.

Most importantly we want people to be honest rather than give the 'right' answer as this is the best way to understand what initiatives might work.  Sharing their thoughts could help to imprve health and wellbeing for many people across Cornwall.

We would like to use local workplaces as a setting for these discussions.  If your workplace is interested in helping us - perhaps this is an area of interest or concern already identified among your employees - then we could come along and talk to staff at a time that suits you best.

 

For more information please contact: matt.lenny@cornwall.nhs.uk

 

MIND

Mind, a Mental Health Charity, released a report in May 2011 claiming that UK businesses could save £8 billion per year if they managed workplace stress properly. 

The survey also found that 41% of workers experience stress, making it more of a concern than personal finances, health and relationships. 

Casestudy

“Public Health England South West is delighted to showcase the workplace wellbeing case studies from Cornwall and Isle of Scilly as exemplars of good practice in support of the: ‘Mental health toolkit for employers’, ‘Musculoskeletal health in the workplace’, ‘Reducing the risk of suicide: a preventative toolkit for employers’ and ‘Crisis management in the event of a suicide: a postvention guide for employers’.  Cornwall and Isle of Scilly has a long track record of leading the way in supporting local employers develop approaches that create healthy workplaces which meet the quality mark standards required to receive the prestigious ‘health and wellbeing in the workplace’ award.”

Professor Kevin Elliston, Deputy Director Health & Wellbeing South West

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