Mental Health Awareness Month

Henrietta Strickland
May 16, 2018

The royals' charity, Heads Together, focuses on mental health awareness and is using every radio station in the United Kingdom to urge their listeners to take a #MentalHealthMinute. And yet it is still much harder for most of us to talk about our mental, rather than our physical, health and this is no different in the workplace.

All of us live increasingly busy lives in and it is all too easy to feel overwhelmed by our many responsibilities whether it's work commitments, financial worries, difficulties in relationships or the pressures of social media and information overload.

National bodies including the CMI are calling for managers to lead the fight against stress and mental health disorders at work.CMI's own research - the Quality of Working Life report - shows that the "always-on culture" is responsible for managers working an extra 44 days more than their contracted hours per year.

Support the Mental Health at Work campaign by spreading the word within your organisation and across your networks to get people to take part in the survey and have their say.

Mental Health Awareness Month, also known as Mental Health Month, educates the public about the reality of mental illnesses.

Being aware of how people around you may be feeling and not being afraid to ask 'are you okay?' can play a huge part in making people feel comfortable about opening up.

Readers of Rochdale Online who want to find out more about MINDS latest What's housing got to do with mental health. This is why our new Mental Health Strategy, published past year, was shaped by a public consultation - a consultation which received almost 600 responses.

Spearheaded by Radiocentre and Radio Academy and executed by content agency Somethin' Else, the Mental Health Awareness minute, which falls in Mental Health Awareness Week, is supported by the Royal Foundation's Heads Together which was launched to change the national conversation on mental health and tackle the stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need. "This poignant moment of reflection, a first in United Kingdom radio, is a wonderful opportunity to help us improve how we support each othe remotionally".

Periods of ill health can be recovered from if treated so let's do not forget to make time to look after our own mental wellbeing and be mindful of those we are close to. For free personalized help finding mental health resources.

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