Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Promoting mental health in the workplace

Promoting mental health in the workplace

The Michaelmas 2017 team have decided that the values expressed in the charter are shared amongst the editorial team, and have made a commitment to the sensitive reporting of mental health issues.

The new fund, launched on Tuesday. will pay for events ranging from a simple coffee morning or a film showing, to a stall at a fair, a concert or various arts projects.

However, even though so many people are affected, there is still a significant social stigma attached to mental illnesses and too many people with mental health problems experience forms of discrimination and isolation from society in general.

This year's theme of Mental Health Day is "Mental Health in the Workplace". This is despite the fact that one in six of us have suffered from a symptom of mental health in the past week alone - Get Surrey reports.

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, has joined forces with the Isle of Wight Youth Trust to promote youth mental health this World Mental Health Day.

Nearly half of Scots fear revealing a mental health problem at work would jeopardise their career.

The survey points to a large-scale mental health emergency, according to experts.

Meanwhile, Lee said it was time to introduce a mental health assessment system following the rise in various issues among the community lately.

He had also stressed on the need to further strengthen efforts in churning out workers who were physically, emotionally and spiritually balanced. More recently, it has focused its activities on workplace health and well-being, including mental health.

But it's very clear to see that with Higher Education in the state that it's now in, universities need to do more to support their students in a world that is becoming all the more uncertain for young people leaving university.

But while the number of those affected who are willing to speak up is on the rise, there is still a disconnect in terms of how mental wellbeing is handled by employers.

The health and safety committees set up by companies should include discussions on mental health issues, said Malaysian Psychiatric Association patron Lee Lam Thye. However, it can also bring pressures that can negatively impact a person's wellbeing and mental health.

Employers should attempt to work with employees to develop an effective way to identify the triggers which affect their mental health problems at work.

Statistics compiled from the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH).

"In early 2016 we were one of the first United Kingdom construction companies to make a stand and commit to end mental health discrimination by signing the Time to Change pledge", says Skanska head of occupational health and wellbeing Tricia O'Neill explains.

Chris O Sullivan, head of business development at the charity said: "Healthy workplaces recognise the contribution of employees living with mental health problems and support open disclosure". The reality is that destigmatisation of mental health is still sorely needed and employees naturally feel more comfortable talking about their energy levels and the concept of feeling flat or lethargic than they do about their mental health.

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