Introducing… Little Bit of Calm.

The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) used in the UK Health and Safety Executive’s 2016 statistics report* on work related stress, anxiety and depression reported that stress accounted for 37% of all work related ill health cases and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health in the UK. The total number of working days lost due to this condition in 2015/16 was 11.7 million days which was an average of 23.9 days lost per sufferer.

This same report defines work-related stress, depression or anxiety as a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work*.

These numbers quoted only relate to the UK and the cost of mental ill-health at work to the UK economy alone is £26bn**.

Do you have any idea of the cost of mental ill health to your business?

The “war for talent” as it is sometimes described shows no sign of abating so what are you doing to ensure the great talents you worked so hard to identify and attract to your business are retained?

Little Bit of Calm is a bespoke corporate workshop program created, developed and led by Susan Macdonald, MLA’s Founder and Director in conjunction with your business leadership and HR inputs. Involving both theory and practice these workshops give participants knowledge and insight of simple tools, including breathing techniques, that they can use to tap into and utilise whenever and wherever they want and need to.

Working in an ad hoc environment in the service sector means we can have periods of sustained stress at all levels of the business and we are very conscious of the negative impact that this can have on individuals as well as the business. We have been looking for tools that everyone can use to help them manage stressful times (both in and out of work) and having heard about Little Bit of Calm, we felt that it was worthwhile running a couple of sessions with anyone who wanted to attend. We were delighted that so many people were so open to attending and the feedback has been really positive with people coming away with techniques they can apply in the workplace or at home to help to manage their stress. Susan doesn’t just leave it there; the follow up reminders and tips as well as useful websites and resources were also very much appreciated. Little Bit of Calm is certainly something that we would recommend!

Caroline Jameson
Founding Director, Healthcare Research Worldwide

Susan ran a Little Bit of Calm workshop for us which has proved to be one of the most useful wellbeing tools for our staff.  Having taken the time to truly understand the needs of our business, Susan was able to provide key tools and tips for de-stressing in acute phases of work and for focusing on mind management and mental health in the longer term.  This was all done in an informal, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with just the right mix of sharing information, empowering each individual and highlighting the benefits of taking time out of each day to focus.  Our business will continue to benefit from just this one session so we look forward to keeping the spotlight on wellbeing and acknowledging just how important this is for a business to maintain success.

Jeanette Kaye
Deputy Managing Director, Healthcare Research Worldwide

To discuss your business’ Little Bit of Calm requirements, please contact Susan.

At MLA, we are passionate about having a positive impact on the health of others, hence our very active support and championing for great mental & physical health in the workplace and our communities.

Having a business culture that is inclusive with no stigma attached to mental wellness or mental illness requires buy in, acceptance, action and support from the top of your organisation downwards. If your organisation needs help with that cultural change and education then you may find it helpful to contact Headtorch or Geoff McDonald below and hear more about how they could help you…


Headtorch aims to improve mental health and well-being in the workplace – we feel good, we work better. In fact, our mental health is critical to business success. We create and deliver dramatic e-learning. Our programme, Headtorch WORKS focuses on the impact of behaviours on our colleagues’ mental health and well-being. Online an original drama drives the learning with documentary and open questions; offline face to face discussions with colleagues creates thought-provoking blended learning. Developed in collaboration with the psychology department at the University of Glasgow, Headtorch WORKS measures changes in participants. We’re proud of what we’ve created, find out why.

Geoff McDonald With a global career backdrop spanning teaching, HR, marketing, communications and sustainability, Geoff is a much sought after consultant and speaker, inspiring and provoking Organizations to put purpose and wellbeing at the centre of everything they do. Geoff’s experience in Unilever, under the pupillage of Paul Polman, allows him to provide very practical insights and speak on how to go about truly embedding PURPOSE as a business driver of growth and profitability. In addition, Geoff also consults on how to address the stigma linked to depression and anxiety in the workplace, with a particular emphasis on raising awareness of these issues and providing some practical strategies as to how one might go about addressing this growing modern illness.




*‘Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence’.
**Centre for Mental Health
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