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Mental Health Day was on Tuesday, it celebrated its 25th year raising awareness and made national news. But why should it only be talked about on one day of the year??
Mental Health is a delicate subject for most – people usually don’t know what to say, how to treat people and just generally feel awkward around sufferers. But what you have to remember is they are still a human being! One who has feelings and is still the person you know and you should be there to help and support them by acting ‘normal’ and offering a supportive ear when needed.
Mental health is a growing issue in today’s society and should be a hot topic in the workplace rather than a forbidden subject. People should feel comfortable being able to share how they are feeling with anyone, including their Managers.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, “every year in the UK 70 million workdays are lost due to mental illness, including anxiety, depression and stress related conditions”
“One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives”
“Better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year”
These are staggering statistics and it goes to show how important it is that there is a support network set up to help people manage mental health in the workplace. This would not only benefit businesses with saving money but equally boost morale internally and make it a better place to work for everyone.
For anyone who needs help please contact the Samaritans, free of charge on 116 123, they are available 24hours a day.