£500k to improve first response mental health services

A way to combat the stigma

Millions of British workers would shy away from discussing mental health issues with colleagues amid a fear they could jeopardise their career, it has emerged.

Worryingly, more than a third of adults also said they didn't know where to go to get help for problems, leading Age UK to partner with NHS England to publish new guidance - 'Mental health in older people' - to help Global Positioning System tackle the problem. It's also an opportunity for us to assess our own well being.

A separate report by the Mental Health Foundation found that people living with mental health problems contribute 225bn to the economy each year, something they say should make employers wake up to the need to protect that contribution.

"It is essential that we strive to give mental health the same parity of esteem that physical health problems have - in the NHS and throughout society - and in doing so reduce some of the unfortunate, and unwarranted, stigma that some patients face".

Although it's encouraging to see that attitudes towards mental health are shifting and that employers recognise their responsibilities regarding wellbeing in the workplace, this report demonstrates that we need to do more to translate this awareness into action.

A 2016 study also found that those who valued time over money reported being happier, with using spare time on more meaningful activities such as volunteering for a charity also increasing happiness.

And Alistair Burns, national clinical director for Dementia at NHS England, added: "Depression and anxiety affect almost eight million people over 55, but can often go unnoticed and untreated".

"We are asking people to talk about mental health, but this must be matched with an ability to listen compassionately and act appropriately".

One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year.

The study revealed around one in five have witnessed phrases linked to mental health being used in a derogatory way at work. "However, we never associate a person being sick to a mental health issue", CEO Satish Kannan said in the statement.

"Anxiety and depression are potentially serious mental health conditions for people of all ages and must be treated as such".

- Wavebreak/Istock.com pic via AFPLONDON, Oct 10 - World Mental Health Day 2017 takes place this year today, providing the flawless reminder to take stock of your own mental health. A third of those surveyed by The Hoxby Collective said they suffered mental health problems as a direct result of working rigid hours, including stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.



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