World Mental Health Day 2017. Tuesday October 10, 2017
Today is World Mental Health Day (#WorldMentalHealthDay) as founded by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992.
This year's theme is Mental Health in the Workplace.
Let's look at the facts that have been published by the Mental Health Foundation:
1. 1 in 6.8 people experience mental health problems in the workplace (14.7%).
2. Women in full-time employment are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem as full-time employed men (19.8% vs 10.9%).
3. Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.
Many companies are now addressing the problem, but there's still a long way to go before all companies recognise the importance of wellbeing in the workplace. And the stigma connected with mental health problems needs to be removed so that people feel free to discuss their issues without feeling they may be unfairly discriminated against.
Does your workplace have a strategy for dealing with mental health issues? Have you chosen not to tell anyone at work because you are worried what they might think? Do you have any ideas on how this problem can be tackled?
We have a Moodscope leaflet which tells employers how Moodscope can help improve the wellbeing of their staff. If you know anyone who could benefit from Moodscope in the workplace, please just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a copy.
In the meantime, if you are stressed at work (or even at home) and feeling a bit low, take a look at this really interesting TED Talk by Psychologise Kelly McGonigal: http://bit.ly/1ctvXdp - How to Make Stress your Friend.
The Moodscope Team
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