United Kingdom companies can't afford to ignore mental health issues

Kenny Tucker
October 13, 2018

Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price will lead the national effort and try to end the stigma which stops people from seeking help, Theresa May announced as she marked World Mental Health Day.

The survey identified that LGBTQ+ people are more likely to have mental health issues and shows an urgent need for businesses to step up their support for not only those suffering from mental health, but also for the LGBTQ+ people in their workforce.

More importantly, no statistic can ever begin to capture the devastating and isolating impact on those people affected by mental health issues, and on their families and friends.

More than a quarter (26%) of people aged 16-24 years and a similar proportion (25%) of people aged 25-34 years had a 12-month mental disorder, compared with 6% of those aged 75-85 years old.

Mental health disorders are expected to drain 16 trillion U.S. dollars (£12 trillion) per year from the global economy by 2030, experts have said.

Life can be so hard to understand, people can be hard to understand and often, we struggle with our own thoughts, reactions and actions.

WFMH wants to encourage a plan of early interventions, prevention of mental illness and triggers such as bullying, and the implementing of resilience support and programs to educate young people about mental wellbeing.

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The National Mental Health at Work report, commissioned by Business in the Community in partnership with Mercer, has found that 72% of LGBTQ+ people have experienced mental health issues as a result of work.

As the World Health Organisation says, "there is no health without mental health" - it is just as fundamental to our wellbeing as any physical illness.

"I feel Chinese people now are more open to talking about mental illnesses, which is progress", said Peng.

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Dr Appau said the MHA was addressing the issue of stigmatisation and discrimination against psychiatric patients by placing emphasis on community care rather than institutional care, and ensuring that mental health care was seen as any other illness for which patients could walk into health facilities for care.

But perhaps the most significant development is the addition of a mental health screening programme to the induction process which all athletes and staff go through when they join a sport's elite set-up.

Mr Stevens said: "As evidence in this country emerges - and the Chief Medical Officer is now looking at what we know and the impact of social media - we need to consider the links between health and technology for better, in many cases, but also for worse". It also recommends interventions by medical professionals working in primary care, to lay the foundation of the mental health care system.

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