Today is World Mental Health Day

Bringing mental health to work

New digital mental health gateway launched

"Workplaces have the potential to impact on people's mental health both positively and negatively".

"We need to have these conversations to put mental and physical health are given the same importance".

Mental health disorders are on the increase, with women and young people particularly susceptible to anxiety and depression. It went on for so long that it ended up being normal, so I would get home and I would experience the same problem.

"We still hear examples of mental ill-health being used as a form of casual insult". People don't want to talk about their mental health to their line manager because, first, there's still a fundamental issue with the way we talk about it.

An acceptance speech from the chairperson, Kojo Addae Mensah, Group Chief Executive at Databank, lamented the deplorable state of mental health in Ghana, and urged the media to act as advocates to curb the trend.

Step into an empty conference room if you can and walk around a couple of times, as quickly as you can.

Sickness absence or taking time away from work was considered a last resort for most individuals1. When employees have a mental disorder and it is disclosed, employers must keep the information confidential and the employee should be supported to return to work after recovery with reasonable adjustments made to their job if necessary and/or be allowed to return in a graded fashion or be placed in less demanding and more appropriate roles within the organization.

Bullying and psychological harassment (also known as "mobbing") are commonly reported causes of work-related stress by workers and present risks to the health of workers. If they need to see a psychologist, let them do so.

Untreated mental disorders result in diminished productivity at work, reduced rates of labour participation, increase in workplace accidents, higher turnover of staff and increased sick payments. If they don't make friends easily it doesn't mean they are lacking and have to grow up into socially mal-adjusted adults.

It is important to take some time off from work once in a while to rejuvenate.

"Research tells us that many other factors contribute to the onset of depression, including genetics, changes in hormone levels, medical conditions, stress, grief or hard living circumstances", he said. India is now staring down the muzzle-end of a mental health crisis.

Even if an employee might not yet have any physical or mental health issues, and may even consider themselves to be healthy, by encouraging them to look at their financial health you can support them to identify and prevent future problems.

Mental health interventions should be delivered as part of an integrated health and well-being strategy that covers prevention, early identification, support and rehabilitation. Less that one per cent of Indian health budget was allocated for mental health.

Today is World Mental Health Day, which aims to raise awareness about mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts to support mental health. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing.

Ahead of World Mental Health Day, Lyons Tea has investigated the Irish public's attitudes to their mental wellbeing.

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