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Seriously? What do restaurants have to do with mental health?

By Carol Castrillon. I was having lunch with a client recently and he mentioned something in passing which has stuck with me.  Backstory – his company, a large corporate, has been working remotely since COVID struck, in mid-March last year. It is now almost a year later … He told me that he and a group of colleagues had met the previous week for a face-to-face catch up. They had not seen each other since remote working had started, though they had interacted regularly over their company’s online platform. Naturally the conversation started by asking after each other’s health and wellness. It then moved swiftly onto work (which they really thought they would not talk about!). They spent the entire lunch excitedly discussing work.  That is complaining, laughing and essentially debriefing following months of hard lockdown. He said that despite not thinking they would talk about work (because it’s surely boring!) it felt so good to talk to people about content that only colleagues can understand. Regardless of the support structure at home, there’s something necessary about offloading to a sympathetic ear.  This got me really thinking – if we have been [...]

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