The health of the people is the highest law (World Mental Health Day 2019)

There’s a plaque on The Walworth Clinic in Southwark, London, that the 176 to Tottenham Court Road has driven me past for the last two years. It reads that ‘The Health of the People is the Highest Law’, or in Latin (from its origins in Cicero's ‘De Legibus’) “Salus populi suprema lex esto “. This phrase has been on my mind for a while, and became a backdrop for [...]

By |October 9th, 2019|Categories: Writings|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Why We Glorify Neglecting Our Wellbeing In The Workplace

It’s a classic humble-brag in the hospitality industry and it comes in a hundred different and ever more dramatic forms: ‘I haven’t taken a single sick day in five years.’ ‘I once broke four fingers / sliced my hand open / passed out at work and I stayed to finish the shift.’ ‘I’ve worked fifteen days in a row with maybe three hours of sleep a night.’ When people [...]

By |September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Writings|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

For The Record – You Don’t Need To EARN Rest

A few months ago, I visited Monkey World in Dorset. I usually feel a bit weird about seeing living things so faraway from their natural habitat, but it is clear to see that at Monkey World, the animals are impeccably well cared for. They are relaxed, well-fed and look like they are having fun – a world away from the laboratories and pet trades thy were rescued from. Continue reading [...]

By |September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Writings|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments