Month: December 2017

Pets are not just for Christmas

We have all seen videos on social media of excited kids being surprised with a pet puppy or cute kitten at Christmas, but this might not be as much fun for their new best friend. Christmas is an exciting time, especially for families with young children, and parents can be forgiven […]

Teacher sick days down in North East region

Recently released figures show that teacher sick days have fallen over the past two years in a North East council area. A freedom of information request sent to South Tyneside Council revealed a fall in teacher absences between September 2015 and October 2017, as illustrated below. Academic Year Sum of working days […]

Bipolar disorder and Christmas

Following a year of renewed government promises to tackle mental health, a nurse describes her own experiences with Bipolar Disorder. Staff Nurse Elaine Francis, 32, who was diagnosed with the condition 5 years ago, outlines the cycle from the euphoria of the ‘hypomania’ phase to the spiral into depression, the […]