Healthy Working Lives

In conjunction with the Healthy Working Lives calendar of national health and wellbeing campaigns a selection of events to promote employee wellbeing are detailed below:-

January 2021

Brew Monday 

On Monday 18 January, turn #BlueMonday into #BrewMonday. Feeling alone with your problems can have a big impact on your mental health. Instead, reach out to a friend, colleague, or family member for a cuppa, a chat and a biscuit. Visit for details on having a brew together, this Monday, next Monday or any day that suits.

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week runs from Monday 18 January until Sunday January 24. To find out how you can reduce your risk of cervical cancer, visit and remember to join the #SmearForSmear awareness raising campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

November 2020

Men’s Health

Movember, the month formerly known as November, is when men around the world grow a moustache, and women step up to support them, all to raise awareness and funds for men’s health - specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Testicular Cancer

In the United Kingdom, testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men. The best thing you can do for your testicles is give them a bit of a feel each month or so, and if something doesn’t seem right, head to the doctor. If you notice a change in size or shape, a lump that wasn’t there before, or if they become painful to touch, see a doctor. Don’t panic, but do get it checked out. Men with undescended testes at birth, or who have a family history, like a father or brother who has had testicular cancer, are at an increased risk. And if you’ve had testicular cancer before, there’s also a heightened risk it could return.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer can affect 1 in 10 men in Scotland and is the most common cancer amongst men in Scotland. Whilst the number of people diagnosed with prostate cancer in Scotland has increased, so have survival rates, especially where there has been an early diagnosis. Prostate disease and prostate cancer are diseases that are not often talked about and the symptoms are not very well known, although this is slowly improving. If you don’t know what the symptoms are or even where the prostate is located then you’re certainly not alone. In a recent survey in the UK over 50% of men over 55 years surveyed didn’t know the symptoms of prostate disease and where the prostate is located. If you are worried about your prostate or prostate disease, you will find more information at Prostate Scotland including what the prostate is and what it does, what the symptoms of prostate disease are and perhaps help you to be more aware of what to look out for, and what might happen at an appointment with your GP. Click on the link for more information and resources Movember

Talk Money Week (9-13)

Talk Money Week is an annual campaign to get the nation talking about money…from pocket money right through to pensions and provides a platform to have a conversation about money between families and friends, at work or at school or any other walk of life. To join the conversation and find out more information click on the link: Money and Pensions Service

Covid-19 Money Guidance

The coronavirus lockdown has affected millions of people.  What this means for your finances will be very personal to you – the Money Advice Service can offer guidance - click on the link for more information and access to the Money Navigator tool: Money Advice Service

Pensions Awareness Day

2020 sees record numbers of UK adults reaching pension freedoms age, 55.  However, millions of over 50s will leave retirement planning to the two years before stopping working for some top tips on planning for retirement click on the link: Money and Pensions Service

Scotwest Credit Union

Scotwest Credit Union have some helpful bite size information around saving, borrowing, mortgages and online banking click on the link to watch the youtube clips or to find out more information click on the Scotwest link.

For Financial Wellbeing Support follow the link to the Wellbeing Section of the Employee Zone

As part of our occupational health provision, employees have access to a free 24 hour confidential helpline/support service ‘Time for Talking’. This service offers a wide range of support on a variety of topics to meet individual employee needs including access to self-help resources and sign posting.

For further information contact Shona Diack –

October 2020

Quit Smoking with STOPTOBER

Stoptober is back for 2020, encouraging smokers to make a quit attempt throughout the month of October and beyond. Stoptober begins on 1 October 2020 and there has never been a better time to quit. 

Stopping can be difficult, but it is the most important thing you can do to look after your health and the health of people around you. It’s never too late to quit. 

Research has shown that if you quit for 28 days, you are 5 times more likely to quit for good.  For more information on How to Stop Smoking and steps you can take to quit

Go Sober October

Macmillan Cancer Support runs the Go Sober October campaign which encourages people to go alcohol free in October to raise money for people with cancer.

You can choose to have a Sober(ish) October by taking on the challenge for 14 or 21 days, or go old school and challenge yourself to take on the full 31 days.  All money raised will help to make sure Macmillan can continue being there for the millions of people living with cancer in the UK. You can sign up at the Go Sober website.

Go Sober is a great way to reassess your relationship with alcohol consumption and see the health benefits of taking a month off. If you’re signing up to raise money, you’ll also be helping people with cancer.

For more information go to

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is held on the 10th of October each year. The goal is to help raise mental health awareness and each of us can make a contribution to ensure that people dealing with mental health problems can live better lives with dignity. Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking at your own wellbeing. 

Mental wellbeing describes how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life.  It can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year.  Click on the link above to access some tips on practical steps you can take to improve and maintain your wellbeing.

The theme this year is - Do one thing today  - whether it’s going for a walk, learning a new skill or doing something creative, taking the first steps to getting support for yourself, or reaching out to someone else; take the opportunity to do one thing this World Mental Health Day. Go to

Medigold have reported a significant rise (9%) in the number of employees referred to them for mental health conditions. They have signposted EDC to some helpful apps and support services:

Thrive: Mental Wellbeing App - Thrive is a NHS-approved app of its kind and is proven to be clinically effective in the screening, prevention and management of anxiety and depression. Users have access to:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme
  • Immediate help and support from organisations including Samaritans
  • Over 100 hours of mental health-boosting content
  • Stress reduction sessions
  • NHS-approved anxiety and depression screening
  • A progress journal to track mood and note stressors

Zenpower app – A unique app that uses various psychosensory techniques (tapping and tracing certain pressure points) with a therapeutic approach that combines eastern acupressure and modern psychology influences.  With an efficacy rate of over 70%, Zenpower can be used wherever you find yourself, at any time of the day. It takes just seven minutes and it is incredibly easy to use.

NHS Living Life: 0800 328 9655: A free telephone based service for people over the age of 16 feeling low, anxious or stressed. Mon - Fri 1pm to 9pm.

Samaritans: 116 123. A free and confidential support to anyone, any age.

Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87. A free confidential phone and web based service for people experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Mon - Thurs from 6pm to 2am and weekends Friday 6pm to Monday 6am.

World Menopause Day

World Menopause day is held every year on 18th October.  The purpose of the day is to raise awareness on the menopause and support options for improving health and wellbeing. In conjunction with World Menopause Day 2020 and East Dunbartonshire Council’s commitment to supporting women in their working environment EDC have developed Menopause Guidance which aims to provide information to employees, and their managers, about the menopause and how we can support women experiencing these symptoms.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast cancer awareness month.  Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in the UK; it accounts for 15% of all cancer diagnoses.  Across the UK, 150 individuals are diagnosed with breast cancer every day, tragically 31 of them will lose their fight against the disease.  It is more common in women who are aged 50 and over.  For everything you need to know about breast cancer follow the Macmillan Cancer Support link

Breast Cancer Now’s - Wear it Pink Day is on Friday 23 October - it is one of the biggest fundraising events –  to raise money and make life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing care happen -  to join in and sign up follow the wear it pink 2020 link.

Get Checked Early

Breast cancer is the name for cancers that start in the breast.  Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in Scottish women buy you are five times more likely to survive it if it’s caught at its earliest stage.

Getting checked early is one of the main reasons why more people are surviving cancer.  It is important to know the signs and symptoms to look out for, and to see your GP practice if you are concerned about any unusual or persistent changes to your body.  It’s probably nothing serious but it’s best to get checked.  It’s also important to take part in screening when invited – it can often find cancer before it can be seen or felt.  For more information on a range of cancer

Most cases of breast cancer are found by women noticing unusual changes and visiting their doctor to get them checked. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chance of beating it – so it’s important to be breast aware. Being breast aware simply means knowing what your breasts look and feel like normally, being on the lookout for any unusual changes and getting them checked out by your doctor. No one knows your body better than you and everyone will have their own way of touching and looking for changes – there’s no special technique and you don’t need any training. It’s good to get into the habit of doing this regularly – maybe when you’re in the bath or shower, or while getting dressed in the morning.

It’s as simple as TLC:

TOUCH your breasts. Can you feel anything unusual?

LOOK for changes. Is there any change in shape or texture?

CHECK anything unusual with your doctor.

Breast Cancer in Men

Breast cancer in men is rare. Around 350 men are diagnosed with the disease each year in the UK compared with around 50,000 women. However, the earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chance of beating it, so it’s important to look out for any unusual changes and get them checked by your doctor right away. Checking your breast tissue regularly is especially important for men who have a family history of breast cancer or a genetic condition called Klinefelter’s Syndrome. Most breast tissue in men is concentrated in the area directly behind the nipple and the surrounding pigmented area, called the areola. Most – though not all – breast cancers in men appear near the nipple as firm lumps.

For further information contact Shona Diack, Wellbeing and Attendance Improvement Adviser –