World Mental Health Day is recognised every year by Let’s Get Healthy and this year is no exception. With the increase in awareness of the importance of mental health thanks to organisations such as Heads Together (lead by the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales), mental health is now in the limelight more than ever.
Today, the overall objective is raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and initiating efforts in support of mental health campaigns. The day provides an opportunity for all those working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care available for people worldwide.
Mental health in the workplace should be viewed as just as important as a physical injury:
- 1 in 7 people are experiencing mental health problems in the workplace
- Mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year
- Evidence suggests that 13% of all sickness absence days in the UK are due to mental health conditions
- Women in full-time employment are twice as likely to have a common mental health problem as men
There are still many unanswered myths related to mental health and people are unaware of the actual truth. Let’s Get Healthy have run mental health workshops for clients such as The Co-op, Travis Perkins, DHL, Godolphin and Drax power station revealing the truth to those myths.
If your employees would benefit from increased knowledge and awareness of mental health, we can help you. Visit our website to see our Mind Matters workshop which is focused on helping managers to cope with stressful situations and to recognise signs and symptoms of mental health issues in the workplace. For more information contact us on 01924 666295.