October 20, 2017

World Mental Health Day 10th October

11 October 2017, 01:46 | Silvia Roy

Peace of Mind conference fills nearly every seat

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A third of those surveyed by The Hoxby Collective said they suffered mental health problems as a direct result of working rigid hours, including stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. This year we've seen an increasing number of celebrities speaking candidly about their experiences with mental health, the launch of the Royals" "Heads Together' campaign and the Prime Minister has pledged to train staff in every secondary school in Mental Health First Aid. It is estimated that only about a quarter of people with a mental health problem in the United Kingdom receive ongoing treatment, leaving the majority of people grappling with mental health issues on their own, seeking help or information, and dependent on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues.

Figures show that around one in four adults experience a mental health problem in any given year, most commonly depression or anxiety.

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The objective of World Mental Health Day observed on October 10th is to raise awareness of mental health issues & mobilize efforts in support of mental health. "For sake of better productivity and efficiency, mental health awareness should be promoted and avenues for seeking help made readily available for the employees", Dr Vishal said.Only 5,000 psychiatrists, a tenth of what was required were available in the country. To support employees, transform practices and embed a whole organisational approach to workplace wellbeing, employers need to make the offer of mental health training a priority.

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We know there are some people who don't receive the right help and fall through the gaps, and others who actually require help from health and social care agencies rather than the police. Just some of the employers who have taken ownership of mental health in their workplace and trained Mental Health First Aiders include Unilever, Siemens and WHSmith.

That's what World Mental Health Day is all about ― making sure we're all talking about this problem. It illustrates a strategic step-by-step process to achieve a mentally healthy workplace, providing a suite of resources to facilitate this.

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The report from Badenoch & Clark, part of the Adecco Group, surveyed 1,027 workers to find out what employers could do to create a more positive attitude towards mental health challenges in the workplace.

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