Raising awareness, changing attitudes about mental health

May 13, 2017, 09:39

With approximately a quarter of people in the United Kingdom likely to experience a mental health issue each year, and stress being a leading cause of workplace absence, Mental Health Awareness Week draws the attention of employers on how their policies, measures and actions are either helping or hindering the mental health issues of their staff. It's important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone's overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and across the City workers are being encouraged to wear a Green Ribbon as part of the Lord Mayor's Appeal.

"A lot of times when people get depressed or stressed, they don't eat as well, they don't sleep as well, they lose interest in activities that they've always enjoyed, and they start thinking negatively", Navarro said.

Breathing Space is a confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland feeling low, anxious or depressed.

A recent 2016 study found that mental health problems are significantly higher in lawyers than in the general population and that younger, less experienced lawyers have higher levels of distress symptoms than their more experienced peers. Staff who are engaged are generally eager to succeed and much less likely to underperform or take stress-related absences. The County's Mobile Health Van is now out providing screenings specifically for mental health issues.

Data tells us that 43.8 million adults in the United States experience mental illness in any given year. Many of us, myself included, like to pretend to everyone that we are fine, but people do want to listen and help, both personally and professionally.

Mental Health Awareness Week took place from May 8-14 with a theme of 'Surviving or Thriving?'.

"But it made me feel even more part of the group and that is the message we need to send". Mental health is an illness like any other physical problem - there is no shame in speaking out and sharing your story. We spend time and money to feel good, yet not everyone takes that same time and care on the most important thing, our minds.

But overall health also improves with a team-based approach that involves mental health services. Organizers say the kids block party was created as a fun way to discuss mental health by reducing the stigma associated with receiving this care. However, suffering in silence is not the answer - the day that you can find the strength to manage your own mental health and speak about it will be the day that you begin to control your own mental health and learn to cope with it. "The wait to see a psychiatrist is often several months long, it's hard to find one that is contracted with your insurance, there aren't enough inpatient beds for patients in crisis, and people just don't know where to turn to get help". Help us help our community.

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