One to One Support Services Supports World Mental Health Day

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Today is World Mental Health Day, and this year marks a very special anniversary as 2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of World Mental Health Day. First held in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health in order to raise awareness and bring attention to mental illnesses, issues and the effect it has on people worldwide.

This year’s theme is “Mental Health in the Workplace”, but why is mental health in the workplace important? Frances Coleman-Williams a mental health writer and professional blogger for the Metro, estimates that “each year more than 70 million working days are lost each year to due poor mental health.”

With this in mind, it is important for employers to be aware of these issues and promote positive mental health within the workplace.

Facts about Mental Health, courtesy of the Mental Health Foundation

  • More than 65 percent of employees feel scared, embarrassed or unable to speak to their employer about mental health concerns.
  • More than a third of men reported feeling worried or low but said their close friends and relatives were unaware of their struggle.
  • Half of all people with perinatal mental health problems are not identified or treated, which costs the UK more than £8billion per year.
  • More than half of all UK adults said they would not employ someone with depression even if they were the best candidate for the job.
  • The UK has the fourth highest rate of antidepressant prescriptions in Europe, with 50 million written every year.

For more information regarding Mental Health, visit the Mental Health Foundation website or click here to download their guide on Managing Mental Health in the workplace.

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