Mental health advocate: Time to cure this stigma for good

Mental health advocate: Time to cure this stigma for good

55% of United Kingdom organisations have seen an increase in the number of reported common mental health conditions over the last 12 months, compared to 41% in 2016.

A new study suggests that up to 14 percent of common mental health issues could be prevented by reducing job strain in the workplace.

Charities can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £25,000, which must be used to deliver mental health projects over the next 12 months.

Only 16% of people blame social media for having a negative impact on their mental health. Only a third of those ending their lives were known to mental health services.

Following on from last year's campaign, the insurer is encouraging employers to both promote and continue to take action to protect the mental wellbeing of their employees by establishing resources and services to help support these initiatives.

In addition to the information for employers, a separate section specifically for individuals highlights what help is available if you're seeking mental health support for yourself, or are trying to help a colleague.

The charity spoke with nearly 44,000 employees, and it revealed that 48 per cent were experiencing stress, low mood, anxiety or other mental health issues while still working.


Mental Health Advantage provides cover for all mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar and anxiety. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that, "Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the USA - 43.8 million - experiences mental illness in a given year". This Mental Health Awareness Week we are asking 'How are you, really?' We want to help as many people as we can in the legal profession who are feeling stressed or depressed or have any other issue.

Tobias Ellwood, minister for defence people and veterans, said the MoD was organising a series of events, talks and briefings this week to tackle the stigma of mental health and show a commitment to helping people overcome "the invisible wounds of war" as well as the physical ones.

There isn't a more important issue in today's workplace than people's health and well-being, and we're seeing that numerous main risks to our health are now psychological.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust's (NSFT) mental health liaison service, based as the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, has increased its staffing from 13 to nearly 30.

Amid this, 68 per cent think employers should do more to improve the understanding of mental health in the workplace.

"Regular two-way conversations about mental health from leaders to employees will help to end stigmas, but change won't happen overnight".

"In order to do this, line managers need to have the training and guidance to feel confident and ready to have conversations with employees about their mental wellbeing, and support them in the right way. This poignant moment of reflection, a first in United Kingdom radio, is a wonderful opportunity to help us improve how we support each othe remotionally".

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