Mental Health in the Workplace conference takes place at County Hall, Maidstone

10 October, 2018, 05:55 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • World Mental Health Day 2018: Raising awareness and combating stigma

On World Mental Health Day, try implementing some of our simple, practical and cheap steps that any organisation can take to support staff at every stage of the mental health spectrum - whether they're stressed or have a diagnosed mental health condition.

World Mental Health Day is organised by the World Health organisation and aims to raise awareness around mental health issues. It is very important for the mental health professionals to target awareness and address stigma around mental illness include participation by family members, sensitization to treatment and social inclusion.

The term "mental illness" actually references not just one, but a group of debilitating illnesses - such as the depressive disorders and schizophrenia - causing disturbances in thinking, feeling, and relating, for which the causes and cures are unknown. Roughly 43.8 million USA adults experience mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The most common mental health condition is anxiety, which affects 5.9 in every 100 people. Living with a mental health problem can make it hard to relax and switch off. Lack of sleep is another common side-effect.

He said the burden of mental illness had risen "dramatically" worldwide in the past 25 years, partly because societies are aging and more children are surviving into adolescence, yet "no country is investing enough" to tackle the problem.

"We need to make mental health much more of a priority, given that the need for this is so palpable".

The new measures are part of a wider mental health strategy which will see thousands of therapists sent into classrooms, and annual publication of a "happiness index" tracking the state of the nation's youth.

However, only 11% of the money given to the NHS by the government is now spent on dealing with mental health issues.

If not handled well, stress and mental health issues go on to have a serious impact on people in their work as well as private lives.

One in five people are affected by a mental illness, yet few speak up because of the social stigma attached to it. Xero's goal with Wellbeing Leave is to give the more than 2000 Xero employees around the world access to more resources to focus on their personal wellness, and reduce the stigma attached to mental health in the workplace.

Prof Vikram Patel of the Harvard Medical School, joint lead editor, said mental ill-health caused "colossal human suffering" and was responsible for substantial numbers of deaths that are attributed to other causes.

Connect - staying in touch with family and friends can help us feel valued, and in turn make us happier and more secure. Stress that they must comply with the line of treatment to get better. Ask people how they're doing and be ready to listen and encourage.

Discuss the prevalence of opioid misuse, substance abuse and how they relate to mental health issues in a follow-up to the CEO Roundtable Leadership Pledge to combat the opioid epidemic. Just like physical conditions, mental health conditions can be managed.



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