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World Mental Health Day 10th October 2017

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Lalad, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    World Mental Health Day 2017

    Mental health in the workplace
    During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing. Employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work. A negative working environment, on the other hand, may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity.

    WHO
    Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work, and to work productively. Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many of these people live with both. A recent WHO-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost productivity.

    Mental health in the workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017. World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilising efforts in support of better mental health.

    Mental health is important - let's talk about it today.
     
  2. felicity5183

    felicity5183 Occasional commenter

    I’m so glad that much more attention is being paid to mental health. People need to realise that having poor mental health is no different to having poor physical health. Someone always posts an analogy on these forums... ‘you wouldn’t expect to walk on a broken leg straight away and the same is for mental illnesses’.

    There is such a stigma attached with mental health, or used to be, but at least now I think it is becoming more ‘accepted’.

    I know lots of people with mental illnesses. People with all types of varying personalities, jobs, circumstances. Mental illness does not pick and choose so it can only be a really good idea that more people are being educated on the subject in order to raise awareness.
     
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