Mental health week has clinicians breaking down barriers

Henrietta Strickland
October 9, 2019

Unfortunately, mental health problems are under-identified by health-care professionals and older people themselves, and the stigma surrounding these conditions makes people reluctant to seek help.

"We are therefore really excited to support Every Mind Matters, which encourages people to be more aware of their mental health and help them discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing".

Make sure that your employees are aware that conversations about mental health will be kept confidential and would only ever be shared with a limited number of people in extreme circumstances, e.g. if you were concerned that they meant to harm themselves.

Demand for the courses has come from the British Safety Council's members and students who have already undertaken mental health training and want to foster a culture in their own organisations that positively promotes employee wellbeing and mental health.

She says that in terms of conversations around mental health and seeking required support, there needs to be "more flexibility, sensitivity, and open-mindedness from employers".

The survey asked if the workplace was a stressor and an issue behind respondents' poor mental health, with 29 per cent saying they've felt burnt out at work and 20 per cent reporting they've lost sleep as a result of work-related issues.

"Focusing on suicide this World Mental Health day give us all the opportunity to start conversations that could save lives".

One of the main challenges for people with mental illness is the stigma associated with it.

"Mental health is not something to be afraid of or to hide away from", she said.

· Carnival in the North (Wednesday 9 October) - showcases the skills and talents of people living with a mental illness while providing information and activities to raise community awareness. Just because the outward symptoms of conditions such as depression and anxiety can go unseen, we must not underestimate the impact they can have on the individual.

"It can be a lot easier for people to speak up when they are feeling physically ill or have a headache, but it can be much harder to tell someone when your mental health is suffering", Minister Wade said.

There is growing awareness of the scale of the mental health crisis. "We need to get more comfortable with the idea of suggesting and requesting days to focus on improving mental as well as physical health", say Ms. O'Brien and Ms. Fisher. Gradually but steadily, mental health at workplaces is becoming a topic of discussion worldwide.

Staff from mental health teams across the healthcare system will be offering advice and education on mental health issues to the public.

The Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex have also taken part in the campaign video.

These six activities provide a fun and interactive way to get people thinking about some of the things they can do to help improve their mood, reduce the risk of depression, and strengthen relationships.

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