Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Mental Health Day - one-off or catalyst for change?

Mental Health Day - one-off or catalyst for change?

The trend of non-stop brain stimulation is also affecting employees' mental health, no matter their age.

2017 marks the 25th World Mental Health Day observed every October 10.

One reason for the generational divide is younger employees are simply more aware of mental health and feel less of a stigma around talking about their challenges, says Mary Ann Baynton, program director at the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace.
"Older workers may not have called it depression or anxiety".

EMCOR UK has an on-going, bi-monthly campaign amongst its employees to raise awareness regarding the importance of mental health and provide Mind helpline phone numbers.

A new study, conducted as part of Mental Health Day, has found that the majority of workers in the United Kingdom take time off to help with stress, depression and anxiety.

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It's good to remember that mental health issues are very common - with one in four people in the United Kingdom being affected.

It's getting better, but mental health seems to still be a topic that borders on the line of taboo.

There are no official statistics yet on mental health cases caused by the recent wars in Iraq, but Keane expects the number to be exponentially larger than the global average. "They might have said, 'I'm stressed out, ' or, 'I'm not working well, '" she says.

Matthew Scott, the Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "Research conducted by the mental health charity Mind shows that members of the emergency services are more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but less likely to seek support".

Finally, two thirds of employees want to see additional mental health days added to annual leave for employees to use so they can prioritise their wellbeing before problems begin. Patients and attendants were educated on mental health by nursing students through role play in the New OPD, DDTC OPD and Psychiatry OPD.

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In order to help curb the stigma around depression, the depression and anxiety group offers various workshops and talks to both employees and organisations.

Mr Sinclair said there is a need for mental ill health to be treated with the same seriousness as physical illnesses. I have been working with Kent Police to break down the stigma surrounding mental health and I'm pleased to say more of our police officers and staff are accessing the support available from the force's dedicated counsellors. Here are a few things that you can do for yourself or for others on this day and in the future. Many who suffer from depression fear that the disclosure of their condition makes them vulnerable and that they may lose their jobs or be the first to be selected during times of restructuring or retrenchment.

Dr. Fatema Mohammed Musa, Head of Service Development, Service Development - Service Development-Adult Health "PHCC is committed to fostering an environment where employees feel valued, respected and supported". That's because a lot of human beings have mental health issues (19 percent of us each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness).

"We are asking people to talk about mental health, but this must be matched with an ability to listen compassionately and act appropriately".

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