Importance of World Mental Health Day

Henrietta Strickland
October 12, 2017

A study of workers at 250 businesses across the United Kingdom by events company Wildgoose found that 40 per cent of respondents who had suffered mental health issues believed having a designated "chill-out" or quiet area at work would ease the issues.

7th is National Mental Health Awareness Week and in support of that week, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and Menihek High School will be hosting a "Mental Health Break" on April 25 with guest speaker Danielle MacPherson of Cape Breton.

Twenty five per cent said that being able to let off steam through exercise, such as at an on-site gym would also ease mental health issues, while 23.3 per cent said that a games room or breakout area would do the same.

"There are a total of 106 mental health workers in the region comprising one Clinical Psychologists, one Clinical Psychiatric Officer, 50 Registered Mental Health Nurses used as Community Psychiatric Nurses, and 52 Technical Officers (Community Mental Health)", he explained.

Every October 10, the global community recognises World Mental Health Day as an opportunity to highlight worldwide outreach, education, and advocacy efforts spent to reduce mental health stigma.

She said during visits to some traditional and religious healers' camps, it was realised that many who had been previously chained had been freed and alternative measures of calming them, such as medications had been provided.

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show as part of the Mental Health Week themed, "Mental Health In The Workplace", Dr. Osei described the situation as "problematic".

He also expressed concern about the cost of drugs for mental health patients which were usually imported and advocated local pharmaceutical companies in Ghana to be allowed to produce the medicine in order to make it affordable and accessible. Most of us will experience a mental health issue at some time in our lives or be in close contact with someone who has experienced mental illness.

Despite this, lack of a shared vision for mental health coupled with prejudice and discrimination remained barriers in the fight against mental health at work place, he said.

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman proposed amendments to the mental health bill including the investigative role of the Commission on Human Rights on human rights violations related to mental health and mental illness; and the creation of community-based mental health care facilities.

Globally, more than 300 million people are suffering from depression, which is said to be the leading cause of disability, with more than 260 million living with anxiety disorders.

Mandy Chase, HR manager at Wildgoose, said: "Findings suggest that more needs to be done throughout all levels of an organisation to encourage an open culture and foster discussions around mental health".

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