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Local organization spotlights mental health awareness month

Local organization spotlights mental health awareness month

You can also observe Mental Health Awareness Month by other means also, like by getting a mental health checkup, attending a local community advocacy event, or by getting certified in Mental Health First Aid.

Following on from last year's campaign, the insurer is encouraging employers to both promote and continue to take action to protect the mental wellbeing of their employees by establishing resources and services to help support these initiatives.

The research also found 63 per cent of United Kingdom workers have suffered with mental health problems - but just one fifth have spoken to their boss about them. But poor and insecure working conditions undermine good mental health.

Mental health organisation Mind has conducted a survey of nearly 44,000 employees, with nearly half experiencing stress, low mood and anxiety while working at their current organisation. Classes are also available to join throughout the week and the gym also offers a separate ladies' only gym area. They can do this by analysing absence management figures, return to work interviews, employee surveys and the usage levels of EAPs and any insurance schemes to get a clearer picture of their issues.

Maureen Watt MSP, minister for mental health, said: "Mental health affects all of us and the Scottish Government wants mental health to be something everybody talks about".

Amid this, 68 per cent think employers should do more to improve the understanding of mental health in the workplace.

That's why it's important to encourage people to think about their mental health and what they need to do to protect it - just as we do already with physical health - and to feel comfortable in coming forward and being open about any problems they might be facing.




These were the words of Grant Clemence, director of underwriting and mental health champion at QBE Business Insurance, when findings of the UK-wide research commissioned by the insurer were released as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

"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.

"Stress is nature's way of telling us that a key emotional need, perhaps to feel physically or financially secure, to have control over our lives, or to feel valued and respected, or to have privacy and time out, is not being met in our lives". What came out most strongly was a sense that we are reaching a limit on the responsibilities schools and their staff can take on in the absence of additional ongoing funding.

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.

This week I'm joining the Mental Health Foundation in marking Mental Health Awareness Week.

The organisations taking part in the Index receive an in-depth analysis of their results, an assessment of how well they are supporting the mental health of their staff and recommendations for where they can make improvements.