Mental-health stigma still entrenched in workplace

EXCLUSIVE: 79% have strategies to support mental wellbeing

Mandatory reporting would improve staff mental health, a third of firms say

The survey of more than 150 HR practitioners asked whether mandatory public reporting of workplace mental health statistics, which was suggested in the Thriving at work Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers two years ago, would help United Kingdom employers better tackle the issue.

The Union Program Council partnered with Peer Advocates for Mental Wellness and Success, Counseling Services and Purple Power Animal Welfare Society to host four events throughout the week to create space for a mental health break and promote awareness.

Shropshire Council's director of public health Rachel Robinson said: "Good mental health is so important as it affects all aspects of a person's life including their physical health, their social connections, education, personal relations and employment opportunities to name a few". Many people in Pakistan don't want to talk about it. What I always hope come out of awareness is conversation, questions.

Nearly a quarter (24%) of Scots don't feel comfortable talking about mental health at work, a survey has revealed. It knows no age limit or socio-economic status.

The poll, for mental health programme See Me, also found that more than one in ten (11 per cent) would not recommend someone for a job if they had a mental health problem, while less than half (48 per cent) think that talking dismissively about mental health problems at work is definitely discriminatory.

The survey asked if the workplace was a stressor and an issue behind respondents' poor mental health, with 29 per cent saying they've felt burnt out at work and 20 per cent reporting they've lost sleep as a result of work-related issues.

"Just as with physical health and safety, prevention is the best cure and the wisest investment".

Sataravala adds, "If you ever feel that you need a listening service which is confidential, anonymous, non-judgemental, and non-advisory, you can contact the Connecting helpline".

The research, which looked at 33 meta-analyses with a total of 10,951 people, found strong evidence that omega-3 could help reduce depressive symptoms more than antidepressants alone, and some evidence that the amino acid N-acetylcysteine could be beneficial for mood disorders and schizophrenia. Quoting one example, a client said, "I have been through a lot and I even know I was wrong that is why I had to go through emotional abuse and depression; but please don't judge me".

"The worst case is that someone struggling with their mental health could consider suicide".

To help you take care of your own mental health, today and throughout the year, here we round up four lifestyle changes that can be easily made to help boost our mental well-being. Through this article, I would like to convey a message to everyone to play their part at an individual as well as collective level and spread awareness on such an important issue.

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