Ruth Taylor: Challenging loneliness

“My goal was to help them to help themselves”

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Ruth Taylor: Challenging loneliness

Ruth Taylor, technical medical rehab consultant at Zurich, writes about her experiences of helping others through periods of loneliness, one of the key drivers of poor mental health, and the theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week

As a medical rehabilitation consultant one of my primary focuses is to help absent employees return to work when medically fit to do so. This naturally involves collaboration between the individual employee, the treating clinicians and HR. During the pandemic I became more aware that many of the people I was working with - whether it was those that were actually absent from work, or referred on a presenteeism basis, (remaining at work but not considered well enough to be there) - were experiencing...

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