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Anxiety UK survey highlights importance of raising stress awareness

16 Mai 2018

Dame Kelly Holmes has spoken about the emotional benefits of fitness and exercise at an event held at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Doctors should get two "mental health days" a year to prevent stress escalating into a long-term issue, the Mental Health Foundation has said.

The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) estimate that 16.2 million people in the United States have experienced major depression at least once in the past year. The government's "Thriving at Work report" into mental health estimated the cost of poor mental health to United Kingdom business stands at between £33 billion and £42 billion a year.

Yet the most glaring omission from the whole child mental health debate is any significant degree of engagement with what the pupils themselves think of it all.

"We'd urge other employers to follow in the footsteps of these organisations and sign up for Mind's Workplace Wellbeing Index, a benchmarking tool to help them identify where they are doing well when it comes to promoting good mental health at work, as well as highlighting areas for improvement". 64% stated that their wellbeing strategy is "a work in progress but heading in the right direction" and 58% said mental wellness is crucial within the workplace, so they are going to ramp up their efforts.

The company's latest report 'Employee Wellbeing Research 2018', carried out in association with Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA) found that 60% of United Kingdom chief executives say mental health is the area of employee wellbeing they are most concerned about. Initiatives like Mental Health Awareness Week continue to encourage public conversation on what was once a highly stigmatised topic.

Tackling stress can help address mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide.

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.

Mental health was never taken as a serious issue until those suffering emerged from the shadows.

While many of us might be thinking of Megan Markle this week as she prepares for her big day on Saturday, this time past year attention was much more squarely on her soon to be husband.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, led by the Mental Health Foundation.

"Through this campaign we are hoping to provide a simple reference point for JIB members and operatives looking for mental health support", said Steve Brawley, JIB chief executive.

23% (39% in large companies) think their business is open about mental health issues.

The MoD has announced a package of support including training in listening skills for serving personnel and families, and a confidential webchat service for those on operations overseas.

55% of United Kingdom organisations have seen an increase in the number of reported common mental health conditions over the last 12 months, compared to 41% in 2016.

Anxiety UK survey highlights importance of raising stress awareness