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SMEs can play a particularly important role in addressing the stigma around mental health at work.

"It will also direct people to available support services, such as those offered by Lawcare, and mental health charities like See Me Scotland and SAMH, during hard periods in their lives".

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week (14 - 20 May) is shining a spotlight on stress.

Sister Amber says campaigns like this and Mental Health Awareness Week are vital to help people cope. On a national scale, more than two in five (41%) businesses in the United Kingdom have seen an increase in episodes of mental health compared to five years ago.

The 2018 event, which runs until May 20th, is focused on the theme of stress, particularly in the workplace, and how tackling it could stop it leading to problems such as anxiety and depression.

"What can I do to help?"

Only a third of those ending their lives were known to mental health services.

Mental illness is often a lifelong diagnosis, and one that takes proper care and treatment to integrate into daily life. One of these users was Ryan Farmer.

The day is held on the first Thursday in February and aims to bring the nation together to get talking and break the silence around psychological problems.

"Can I drive you to an appointment?" I just popped in my postcode and found different support groups that were local to the area. "It is such a brilliant resource". We believe mental and physical health are of equal importance, which is why we set ourselves a target to match the number of mental and physical first aiders in our organisation.

Most respondents to a separate survey of more than 500 managers by QBE Business Insurance said they wanted more training on how to deal with workers' mental health issues, with many saying they did not feel properly equipped.

If your workplace is supporting its employees by reducing their job strain, it may boost in preventing new cases of common mental illness from occurring up to 14 per cent, a new study suggests.

The more openly we as a society can discuss these issues, the easier it will be for people to come forward and seek help when they notice something is off.

"For me it's good to talk and fitness is definitely something that makes you feel so much better", she said. "You are never alone".

Here, Jaan Madan of Mental Health First Aid England, highlights five ways small businesses can address workplace stress. For more information about Chasing the Stigma, head to the official Facebook page here.

The message will be voiced by Lady Gaga, Dame Judi Dench, David Harewood and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, as well as special guests The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who are all lending their voice to raise awareness of mental health.

"In order to do this, line managers need to have the training and guidance to feel confident and ready to have conversations with employees about their mental wellbeing, and support them in the right way".

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