Having good mental health is about feeling positive about ourselves and others, being able to form good relationships, and having the resilience to overcome challenges. Good mental health is characterized by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including the ability to learn, the ability to feel and express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions. It is also the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
In the midst of yet another lock-down, self care has never been more important writes David Casey, Health Promotion Manager at DeCare Dental.
The estimated cost of dental healthcare in the EU is €80 billion. In Ireland, 83% of dental costs are paid out of pocket and covered privately by the individual. To compound matters, costs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have risen at dental practices. Apart from tooth loss and gum health, more than 120 diseases can be identified and diagnosed by markers present in the mouth, including coronary heart disease, diabetes and oral cancers, while loss of teeth can be linked to depression. This makes dental care a vital component of overall health and wellbeing.
Brian from WWI said “What a year 2020 was. One of the positives to take from the turmoil has been the focus that has been placed on wellbeing and mental health. 2020 was a year when I first noticed TV and radio ads mentioning the importance of looking after our mental health. It was also a year where many Irish organisations properly prioritised the wellbeing of their employees. If you don’t have healthy people, you can’t have a healthy business. Is the penny finally dropping?
Oral diseases are among the most common diseases in the world. The Global Burden of Disease Study, 2016 estimated that oral diseases affected half of the world’s population (3.58 billion people). It also states that, ‘there is a direct correlation between dental health and overall health’.
With 2020’s global pandemic, workplace wellness saw many challenges. Companies and organisations had to move and adapt quickly to form a remote support network and wellness adapted to an online format to support staff’s overall mental health and wellbeing.
Remote working has adapted very quickly since the start of this global pandemic. Culturally in a more traditional time, many people would have gone to the workplace and left the human being outside on the doorstep. They would have brought that work component and left family and social elements outside. Remote working has given us the opportunity to see people in their raw environments.
We successfully got through the first week of January, however the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has left many people struggling with their mental health. As we are currently in the midst of Lockdown 3.0, it is now more important than ever to keep the spirits up & concentrate on mind and body, and remind yourself that better days are coming and we will get through this.
In one direction, the prospect of dental treatment can lead to anxiety and phobia. In the other, many psychiatric disorders, such as severe mental illness, affective disorders, and eating disorders, are associated with dental disease. These include dental erosion, tooth fracture, dental decay, and gum disease. Left untreated, dental diseases can lead to tooth loss so much so that people with severe mental illness have 2 and a half times the likelihood of losing all their teeth, compared with the general population.
Small businesses can play a crucial role as drivers of innovation and as engines of economic growth and employment. Sustainable consumption represents a common challenge for public authorities (at all levels) and consumers, as well as small businesses.
Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations is a balancing act. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a ‘blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all’. The SDGs, set in 2015, are intended to be achieved by the year 2030 and small workplaces have a role to play.