Case Studies
| 26/11/2010

Paul worked as an engineer in a large manufacturing company. His previous role was very technical and task orientated. He had an excellent work history and had received very positive personal development reviews over the last 4 years. The management team had recognised his potential for promotion into a project development role and he was successful at interview. Soon after his promotion he became anxious and found himself struggling with his sleep pattern and general performance at work. He began to worry whether he was able to cope at work and started losing his confidence.

Background

Paul recently achieved promotion at work and although very positive about this he was aware that as part of his new role he would need to facilitate regular presentations to the senior management team. He found himself becoming increasingly anxious and each presentation was becoming more difficult for him to undertake.

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| 26/11/2010

A large public sector organisation is going through a process of managing change and a senior manager has become concerned over one of his staff who is exhibiting signs of anxiety and is struggling at work.

Background

James worked for a large public sector body. He had worked in the same department for 15 years and was generally happy in his role. However, the department was being outsourced and James found himself struggling with sleep, becoming increasingly irritable and had noticed his concentration and short-term memory deteriorating.

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| 26/11/2010

Sandra worked as a senior accountant in a large accountancy firm. She was extremely successful at her job and had enjoyed a loving relationship with her husband for over 20 years. She lost her husband six months ago and initially took two weeks annual leave to help her cope with her loss. She returned to work just over five months ago and began to lose interest in her role and her personal life eventually taking sickness-absence and was diagnosed with mild to moderate depression. When she was referred a Working Minds UK CBT practitioner she had been off from work for 8 weeks.

Background

Sandra sadly lost her husband 6 months earlier and had noticed her energy levels reducing. She also noticed she was becoming increasingly tearful, described poor concentration, poor sleep pattern with early morning waking and increased anxiety when going out. She eventually saw her GP and had been signed off from work.

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| 26/11/2010

A medium sized company experienced an accident in the workplace whereby a number of employees witnessed a traumatic incident causing them to struggle returning to that place of work. They experienced symptoms of trauma including flashbacks, poor concentration, increased irritability, disturbed sleep and fear of returning to their place of work. The Human Resource Director contacted Working Minds UK to ask for help in managing the situation from a mental health perspective.

Background

The incident was a week earlier and twelve members of staff were working in the area at the time. Nine members of staff returned to work and three took sickness-absence saying that they could no longer work in the area the accident occurred in. The management team were unsure how to best support both their staff off work as well as those who were struggling at work.

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