A week for recognizing mental health

Connecticut answered more than 28,000 calls for mental health evaluation assessment and treatment services. Mental health assistance is one of the most common requests received

A week for recognizing mental health

With current, affordable technology, companies can monitor employee absence patterns and feedback from return to work interviews to produce detailed reports and analysis which show the true picture of health and mental wellbeing of their workforce.

Cheshire Constabulary senior HR manager Jo Jones, who is taking part in the walk, said: "The aim is to get our colleagues and the public talking about mental health". "The more we see things like this, and the more we talk about mental health as just a part of general health and well-being, the less stigma it will have and we will get people diagnosed and treated sooner to lead happier, more productive lives".

Now I have my own kids I realise how mental health still affects me and sometimes more now I'm a mum because deep down I want to recover but I'm battling with my mind and sometimes physical addictions.

"It seems to be easier for people later in life to spend time doing the things that are good for mental health, and young people struggling under the life's pressures could take a leaf out of the book the older generation appears to be reading!"

Children and young people harm for a number of reasons and are expressing distress, which they can not express verbally. You'd be hard pressed to find who hasn't in some way been affected by mental illness, whether it's them or a close loved one, it's an issue in our society that is gaining more and more attention every year.

Stigma is just one facet of why we are unable to identify and understand mental illness.

According to the St Helens Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategic Framework 2015-18, the borough has had a "high rate" of hospital admissions due to mental health problems among young people. Sometimes the answer is clear, but often the distinction between mental health and mental illness isn't so obvious. In the United Kingdom, the estimated costs of mental health problems are £70-100 billion each year. Mental health care systems are in crisis. "Even though you may feel you're not being heard, you may be the one person who's willing to plant the seed and start that person thinking about getting help". The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, has made great strides in the support for and availability of help. As humans we always want to look our best.

The latest figures show that one in four young people in the United Kingdom experience suicidal thoughts, while up to 160 young people under the age of 20 die as a result of suicide in England alone each year.

Recently, the Mental Health Foundation and employee benefit specialist, Unum, produced the Added Value Report which surveyed employees to assess mental health as a workplace asset. Millions of people are still suffering and millions more will begin to suffer. Mental health is so broad it covers so much - there is a lot of prejudice and worry about how a diagnosis will influence your life, your future, job opportunities...

"We've found that around the world", Edwards explained.

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