Welcome to Shandwell - Strategic Health and Wellbeing


I’m John Picken and thank you for visiting the Shandwell website.

Shandwell’s purpose is to help make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the working age population. 

The demographics of this population are changing as is the understanding that physical and mental health are intrinsically linked.  To address these changes and associated risks effectively, there needs to be much greater emphasis on education, prevention and early intervention.

I hope you find what you read here interesting and useful. If you have any comments or ideas, I’d be very pleased to hear from you.

John Picken

A Lost Opportunity

I’ve recently been speaking with a friend who fell ill with Covid-19 back in March 2020. They had a senior clinical position in the A&E

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More Happiness Leads to Better Cognition This is an interesting read about how depressive symptoms in early adulthood can lead to dementia in later life.    The takeaway is

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Stop Thinking

This is a short and easy to read article on Catastrophising. It is described as a natural human reaction albeit an unhealthy one. Overthinking, exaggerating

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