Our work as employee support coaches takes us in many different directions. Put simply, we are the people whom organisations contact when an employee is struggling with an intense life challenge, such as diagnosis of a terminal illness, bereavement, depression, and starting ...
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Recently, we made the important decision to re-brand the business. When we founded Confidence to Return in 2014, we wanted to focus completely on supporting new mothers, facilitating a safe, happy, and confident return to work following their maternity leave. Maternity ...
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As an employee maternity coaches, we have welcomed the media’s recent foray into talking about postpartum psychosis (described by the NHS as a “serious mental health illness that can affect a woman soon after she has a baby”).  That phrase “postpartum psychosis...
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Trigger warning: includes words used to describe the surgical management of miscarriage. Society celebrates pregnant women and babies. New lives are embraced. Cards, flowers and congratulations are sent.  But every year one in four UK pregnancies – about 250,000 – e...
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The two high-profile suicides of Caroline Flack, Keith Flint and Mike Thalassitis which were highlighted in the media recently, have really resonated with us. It’s been very poignant and made me recall our own family experience with suicide. It’s made me question, has mu...
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If you’re like us, you relish those moments when you can relax and read a good book. I had chance to indulge in reading a few during the recent festive break that have left me feeling inspired. Among them, two that stood out were by well-known celebrities who have each enc...
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Charlie Hainsworth was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2017, aged 38. She’d gone to her GP after noticing a strange hardness to one of her breasts. Within three weeks she was told that the cancer had spread to her bones and that it was incurable, something known as s...
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My nephew was born after a traumatic caesarean section 22 years ago and I witnessed the emotional harm it caused my sister for years to come. I’m not telling an unusual story here, by the way: giving birth is terrifying for many women. The Birth Trauma Association estimate...
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When employees suffer a traumatic event such as losing a baby, a divorce, death of a loved one or any other one of life’s big challenges, we expect them to react emotionally. For a while, allowances are made for unusual behaviour because we expect them to get back to being...
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A business owner hired us because a long-standing and valuable employee had suffered 4 personal losses in less than 3 months. Her auntie, mother and husband had died, along with the life plans they had made for the future. Overwhelmed, she had been off for 2 months when her ...
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