World Mental Health Day

 

World Mental Health Day

The 10th October 2021 is World Mental Health Day. The focus this year is on “Mental Health in an Unequal World”...
Over recent years, mental health has consistently called for a change in attitude and belief. Vital support needs to be accessible to all people throughout their lives, especially in times of crisis - sadly, global equality is still very much lacking. This year World Mental Health Day is calling for urgent reforms to policies and practices, alongside investment in intervention and support that is suitable for each and every demographic.

 

Mental Health in the workplace
The largest cause of sickness absence for our county’s workforce is depression, stress, and anxiety. Every year, mental illness costs UK businesses around £35 billion.
What can employers do?
Employers have a 'duty of care'. This means they must do all they reasonably can to support their employees’ health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Create a clear mental health strategy
  • Educate your workforce via workshops and training courses


Creating a supportive environment

It’s helpful if employers create an environment where staff feel able to talk openly about mental health. If staff feel they can talk openly about mental health, problems are less likely to build up. This could lead to:

  • less time off for a mental health issue
  • improved morale in the workplace

Check out some other tips here >

Do you need urgent help?

If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you're worried about someone you know - help is available.

You're not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.

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