Walk for big issue
A dog walk with a difference is being staged this Saturday in Rozelle Park.
It’s the climax of the White Ribbon campaign to tackle violence against women and children.
Victims of domestic abuse can be reluctant to abandon pets to an abusive partner when they decide to leave.
The walk, beginning 11am, will highlight pet fostering services offered by the Dogs Trust Freedom Project. “I suspect the absence due to stress is not higher now that is has been in the past.
“But I suspect because there is a greater awareness of mental health people are happy to be honest and say it is stress instead of flu.
“There is no embarrassment about it and people are able to speak about it.”
The Irvine Valley councillor, who sits on the committee, added: “I think the council is a caring employer. If someone is ill with a stress related illness they are prepared to say so.”
The second most common reason for absence was for musculo or skeletal problems with 1,464 days lost.
The third most stated reason for people taking sick leave was for medical operations or recovery - accounting for 1,216 days. Staff working in the safer