Lanark volunteer encourages people to talk about mental health

Posted October 10, 2017

On World Mental Health Day - a time for bringing attention to mental illness and its effects on people's lives - it's saddening to see the mental health of the workforce continuing to deteriorate.

The health startup said firms in the FTSE 100 that addressed the issue of employee mental health and wellbeing issues in their annual reports past year enjoyed up to three times more profit.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, people with mental illnesses are no more violent than people without mental illnesses. It is so important to keep talking, some people won't feel comfortable hearing about mental health.

Unfortunately, this doesn't surprise me.

"This World Mental Health Day, we would like to let our young people know that the Youth Trust is not only here to listen, but is also fighting to ensure that our young people have access to the best mental health services possible". The implication is that this is something from which they can recover.

If this year's research teaches us anything, it's that record investment in disjointed, tactical wellbeing initiatives are failing to deliver.

Most mental health conditions don't necessarily have obvious symptoms and many people instinctively cover up any signs that they're struggling, which makes it a lot harder to explain the need for a day off. Or is it because HR professionals, managers and work colleagues do not have the confidence or knowhow to address the issue in the same way they would if it were a broken leg.

Three out of four employees say they have experienced poor mental health (source: Business in the Community National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey 2016).

Mental health support organisation Mind has some tips to help get a good night's rest.

"Since then I have been very open about how I am feeling, and how mental illness has affected my life. In today's competitive recruitment landscape, organisations simply can not afford to let mental health fall by the wayside".

The Mental Health Authority has warned government against legalising cannabis, arguing that the move will worsen alarming cases of mental disorders.

"There is not a "one size fits all" solution to tackling mental health in the workplace".

She said: "Since November a year ago, our advisers have seen more than 1000 new vulnerable people contacting us about their debts, prepared to speak openly about their issues". There are many effective actions that organizations can take to promote mental health in the workplace; such actions may also benefit productivity.

Each year, WHO recognises October 10 as World Mental Health Day with an objective of raising awareness about mental health. Workplace stress is a serious issue but unfortunately, only a few companies have sufficient resources to manage the stress. "There is precedent with other areas of NHS funding and this would be a transformative policy that would make a real difference to local services".

But more than a third (35%) of those questioned for the representative YouGov poll said they did not know where to go for help and support.