Award-winning Burnley gym offers free access for Mental Health Awareness Week

More than 70 per cent of workers in London admit to feeling stress at work

More workers ask for mental health help

We need to use opportunities like Mental Health Awareness week to keep children and young people's mental health high on the political agenda; the next generation won't forgive us if we don't.

The call to action comes from Jake Mills, Liverpool comedian and CEO of charity Chasing the Stigma (CTS), ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week (14th - 20th May 2018) - nearly five years on from his own suicide attempt. The fact that just 38 per cent feel that their workplace encourages an open culture around mental health is concerning, particularly given the research by Stevenson and Farmer which showed that poor mental health at work could be costing the United Kingdom economy as much as £99 billion per year.

"I think the key is educating healthcare professionals who work within the diabetes field so they can know more about the impact of pharmacology and the challenges in managing mental health conditions alongside diabetes, which will ultimately improve outcomes for patients". Figures from mental health charity Mind tell us that one in four of us will experience a mental health problem every year; mental illness is hugely costly for employers and nobody wants staff with long term absences. Classes are also available to join throughout the week and the gym also offers a separate ladies' only gym area. Whether establishing lunch-time walking groups or offering after-work yoga classes, businesses can provide a great outlet to support their employees' mental and physical wellbeing.

In November 2017 a Pulse survey revealed that nearly half of Global Positioning System said their ability to care for patients had been affected by stress, with one in nine Global Positioning System revealing they had turned to alcohol as a result.

He added: "I've stepped up our support for mental health in the Armed Forces, with an extra £2m of funding a year and a new 24-hour mental health hotline".

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"Too many people struggling with poor mental health, such as stress, anxiety and depression, still feel they need to stay silent".

That's the message from the Royal College of Nursing's Mental Health Forum as nursing staff debate the issue at the RCN's annual Congress today as members call for better education and awareness - both as part of nursing degree courses and afterwards on the job.

Rachel Suff, senior employment relations adviser at CIPD, said: "We're seeing a significant increase in the number of reported mental health issues among employees in United Kingdom organisations". The effort is part of a campaign called "Make It OK", and is created to encourage people to talk more openly about mental illnesses and ask for help. "It will also direct people to available support services, such as those offered by Lawcare, and mental health charities like See Me Scotland and SAMH, during hard periods in their lives".

There isn't a more important issue in today's workplace than people's health and well-being, and we're seeing that numerous main risks to our health are now psychological. This is why our new Mental Health Strategy, published previous year, was shaped by a public consultation - a consultation which received almost 600 responses.

"This widescale approach has had a real tangible effect on increasing confidence levels around talking about mental health in our workplace". The NHS's National Director for Mental Health, Claire Murdoch, is also highlighting the importance of nursing in suicide prevention.

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