Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

New mental health campaign launched across Lincolnshire

New mental health campaign launched across Lincolnshire

MENTAL health illness can strike at any time of life, affect any age group, any demographic and can be extremely hard to diagnose, let alone treat. It is therefore surprising that so many businesses continue to ignore how mental health can impact their company - and how their company can affect mental health too. The lost income from such individuals is just one reason why the World Economic Forum estimates that the economic impact of mental illness will be more than cancer, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses combined by 2030.

When I worked for the Samaritans, I listened to stories of people struggling with mental ill health every day.

The survey of more than 2,000 workers in the United Kingdom found that four in ten people (39 percent) are already using technology - such as online services, mobile apps and wearables - to manage stress, improve sleep and boost mental wellbeing; the number is even greater - 46 percent - among those who have experienced mental health issues. "We need their voices to shape their future in the right way, using their creativity and energy to make change".

These figures highlight the importance of helping people to better understand and take action on their own mental health.

To raise awareness for World Mental Health Day, Victoria BID have collaborated with the charity Mind.

After morning tea Shaun Robinson, CEO for the Mental Health Foundation will talk about the Farmstrong case study and how this is building rural workplace resilience.

"We invite any member of the public, who would like to support our requests for a better mental health service, to join us", GMWS said. "They need guidance in the most formative and productive years of their lives", she adds.

"By bringing together expertise from around the world and across disciplines we can improve understanding and treatment of mental health to tackle one of the greatest challenges of our time", said Wellcome director Jeremy Farrar. In some cases, this is because they are not aware that they are living with a mental health condition.

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I went on to develop an eating disorder in my teens, something that I now understand was a - awful - coping mechanism for anxiety. Just like "regular" first aiders they are not a substitute for medical professionals, but they do have the power to save lives.

By law, employers should consider making reasonable adjustments if you are at a major disadvantage compared to other people who do not have a mental health problem.

"The Department of Health spends less than 1% of the entire health budget on mental health". It's fantastic that as a result of the campaign more people are checking in on someone who they think may not be going so well.

"Sessions on stress management amongst other topics are also part of our vibrant workplace wellness programme", Mrs. Brandy-Williams said.

Teams of volunteers and staff from the WA Association for Mental Health also handed out information packs at train stations in Cockburn, Joondalup and Perth.

People wanting to help a depressed teenager could suggest that they talk to an external party like a teacher, doctor or counsellor, and offer to go with them for support.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that half of all mental illnesses began by age 14, and worldwide 10-20 per cent of children and adolescents suffer from mental disorders, and this, to us at The Chronicle, is a very worrying trend which must engage the attention of our health authorities, especially as we celebrate young people and mental health.

"If we change our attitude to mental health - we change the world".

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