Occupational Health: news in brief

Team link to depression

Poor team spirit can heighten the risk of depression, according to a Finnish study in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. It found those who felt team spirit in their workplace was poor were more than 60% more likely to report depressive symptoms, and more than 50% more likely to be on anti-depressants.

Health summit in May

A health and work summit organised by Business in the Community is being held on 12 May in London. Speakers include national director for health and work Dame Carol Black, and the Work Foundation’s Stephen Bevan.

Bupa flagship centre opens

Health firm Bupa has opened a new £4m flagship health and wellness centre in Solihull. The two-storey building has 24 consulting and treatment rooms and the capacity to treat more than 5,000 people a year.

Addiction on the rise

Finance staff are increasingly seeking help for addiction issues brought on by the recession. The Priory has reported a 20% increase in enquiries in the past six months, while independent London mental health hospital Capio Nightingale has said it has seen a 50% increase in self-referrals since November.

BOHS hires non-OH exec

The British Occupational Hygiene Society has appointed a chief executive from outside the profession, signalling a new phase in its development. Steve Perkins, previously a research scientist with Rolls-Royce, hopes to widen membership to less technical disciplines, including OH.

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