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Mind finds employees are staying silent on poor mental health

Mind finds employees are staying silent on poor mental health

"I use my first-hand experience to say that I've suffered, I've got through it and you can too".

There has been a huge amount of good work done in recent years to raise awareness of mental illness, reduce stigma and challenge mental health related discrimination.

National bodies including the CMI are calling for managers to lead the fight against stress and mental health disorders at work.CMI's own research - the Quality of Working Life report - shows that the "always-on culture" is responsible for managers working an extra 44 days more than their contracted hours per year.

New figures suggest 48% of people in work are staying silent over their mental health, a study says.

A spokesperson from the Mental Health Foundation said: "Governments across the United Kingdom should introduce a minimum of two 'mental health days" for every public sector worker. Our employees' emotional wellbeing should not be one of them.

Maureen Watt MSP, minister for mental health, said: "Mental health affects all of us and the Scottish Government wants mental health to be something everybody talks about". On a national scale, more than two in five (41%) businesses in the United Kingdom have seen an increase in episodes of mental health compared to five years ago.

As part of that, yesterday saw a unique execution during Mental Health Awareness Week when the BBC and commercial radio stations joined forces to broadcast the same message at the same time about the importance of mental health.

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And it's something we all need to think about a lot more than we now do.

It also emerged that 61 per cent believe there is a "pull yourself together and get over it" attitude towards mental health in Britain's workplaces.

We are also improving support for preventative and less intensive child and adolescent mental health services to tackle issues earlier, including reviewing counselling and guidance services in schools to ensure they are delivering for children and young people.

Best Mental Health Initiative (including an SME category and larger companies category) for a company with less than 500 employees/ more than 500 employees implementing a programme that enabled employees and employers to discuss, learn and take action towards addressing mental health in the workplace.

"It's important to make healthy choices throughout life, and, as we increasingly understand the link between mental and physical health, it is apparent that looking after physical health has a direct effect on mental health, and vice versa". The effort is part of a campaign called "Make It OK", and is created to encourage people to talk more openly about mental illnesses and ask for help.

The organisations taking part in the Index receive an in-depth analysis of their results, an assessment of how well they are supporting the mental health of their staff and recommendations for where they can make improvements.

For confidential support with mental health or suicidal feelings, call Samaritans on 116 123.


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