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World Mental Health Day 10th October

World Mental Health Day 10th October

NHS England has now published new guidelines to help Global Positioning System better identify the signs of anxiety and depression as well as a range of mental health problems, including those which specifically affect older people.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) more than a quarter of the European adult population has experienced at least one mental disorder in the past year, e.g. depression or anxiety. "Absence due to mental health continues to be a problem for employers, with more and more people taking time off work as a result".

Almost half of UK adults aged over 55 say they have experienced depression, according to a YouGov survey carried out for Age UK, highlighting the scale of the mental health challenge facing this age group.

Doctors from the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) have also said that the research is important to highlight the serious problem of mental health stigma among older people.

"We still hear examples of mental ill-health being used as a form of casual insult". One in four worry about the harassment they would receive if they were to disclose a mental health concern.

Some members of the new community will pay attention to mental health problems, only when they are facing mental health disorders. It emphasises ways to make work more attractive, rather than make unemployment even more punitive.

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"One might argue that the more a company holds itself publicly accountable for the wellbeing of its employees, the more they invest in it", the report said.

A majority of those surveyed say that the problem exists because their employers are understaffed.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: 'We're now undergoing one of the biggest expansions in mental health services in Europe, but we need everyone - not just the NHS - to play a role.

Whether your business is big or small, with three in five employees experiencing mental health issues where work was a related factor, having support available in the workplace is paramount.

The Foundation have published a guide (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-support-mental-health-work) and are calling on people to use it to make their workplaces more "mentally friendly".

After following 33,908 Norwegian adults for more than 11 years, the team found that those who reported doing no exercise at all at the start of the study showed a 44 per cent increased chance of developing depression compared to those who were exercising one to two hours a week, and that 12 per cent of cases of depression could have been prevented if participants undertook just one hour of physical activity each week.