Mental health awareness programme kicks-off Wednesday

World Mental Health Day 2018: Raising awareness and combating stigma

But today, they can no longer to brushed under the carpet.

"We are looking to support the players as much as we can, as well as the staff, and to try and give them every possibility to speak if needs be". Mrs. Brandy-Williams explained october 10 is World Mental Health Day and highlighted the need for heightened awareness of mental health issues around the globe. Shockingly, this lack of employer support has led to an average of 8.4 sick days taken each year, per employee, due to a mental health problem. Together, they are running two workshops and a presentation on Wednesday 10 October, all of which are free to attend. Additionally, it has been recognised that lifestyle and general wellbeing plays a huge part in influencing mental health.

The Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development report added that mental disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and will cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030. "The harmful use of illicit drugs among adolescents is a major issue in many countries and can lead to risky behaviours such as suicide, temper outbursts, violence or unsafe driving and bad eating habits", he said while quoting the key facts and statistics given by the WHO. Adolescence can be a trivial time since there are a lot of changes in the body while they hit puberty, body image issues, and social media bullying.

"He has been very clear that this is what worked for him and not necessarily that it will work for everyone; life with a mental illness looks very different for different people", she says. It could be that they have entered college, have started a job for the first time or are living overseas alone. "It is society's responsibility to educate its youth on how to cope with the stresses of life and how to deal with everyday issues such as peer influence, including alcohol and substance abuse", she added.

Hopefully, the fact that many more organisations are raising awareness of mental health issues across their workforces (51% in 2018 versus 31% in 2016) is fostering a more open culture where employees are more willing to talk about their mental health.

He said prevention of teen suicides starts with better understanding of the symptoms of depression.

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Those wanting to help raise awareness of mental health issues can choose to wear a green ribbon, seen as the global symbol for the movement.

"[Mental health] also has an impact on overall bottom line performance as well, because your ability to be able to bring your truer self to work when you're struggling is impacted", Hudson said.

"This year's theme is "Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World", Mrs. Brandy-Williams explained". They should be encouraged to talk to their parents and close friends as well.

"Finding out how many people get the illnesses was surprising, knowing how common it actually is".

Rachael Powell, chief customer and people officer at Xero, said: "People come to Xero to do the best work of their lives, which is why it's vital we support not only their physical wellbeing, but their mental wellbeing as well".

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