Central England Co-op supports World Mental Health Day

Henrietta Strickland
October 10, 2017

In January 2017, British Safety Council helped to launch the Mates in Mind programme, which provides information, support and training on mental health for the construction industry. They are every-day mental health issues experienced by employees.

"On World Mental Health Day, it has been good to meet some of the NHS24 staff who deliver this care on a daily basis - and learn, first-hand, how effective these early interventions can be in supporting people to deal with a wide range of mental health conditions".

Employers need to implement psychosocial risk reduction or prevention plan to create a healthy environment at work, said Mental Health Promotion Advisory Council member Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

This year's theme is "Mental Health at the Work Place".

"I managed to get through my mental health problems by surrounding myself with positive influences, and being able to talk through the issues with close friends and family". It's no longer about recognising that mental health is just as important as physical health, but about improving university facilities, tackling the effect of stress on students and the looming prospect of debt and seeking post-graduation employment.

WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan said that these findings signals that countries should re-think about their approaches to mental health and should develop other solutions to urgently treat it. We are also working with Guildford First to highlight awareness.

Dr Stephen Pereira, Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director at The Insight Network, says: "These stark findings should serve as a call to action for the United Kingdom to invest more in mental health care provision, and for universities and schools to ensure ease of access to critical services". Managers must adopt more transparent attitudes towards mental health as a priority, in order to encourage a culture of inclusivity and openness throughout the Welsh business economy.

Depression has a significant impact on productivity, which in turn aggravates the resulting problems at work and relationship with colleagues and line-managers.

It's #TimeToTalk about our mental health.

There are many effective actions that organizations can take to promote mental health in the workplace; such actions may also benefit productivity.

"Research tells us that many other factors contribute to the onset of depression, including genetics, changes in hormone levels, medical conditions, stress, grief or hard living circumstances", he said. The reality is that destigmatisation of mental health is still sorely needed and employees naturally feel more comfortable talking about their energy levels and the concept of feeling flat or lethargic than they do about their mental health.

Thus, "organisations need to be made aware about the basic reasons behind the mental health issue among employees".

"Start the Conversation", which is already being delivered to companies in the United Kingdom, is a 45-minute session which gets people thinking about mental health and talking about it.

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