Employers urged to support workers with mental illness

10/11/2017 03:00 |

Employers urged to support workers with mental illness

For many people suffering with their mental health, they fear telling those closest to them.

It also emerged almost half of those who took part would make up a physical health excuse if they were off for a mental health reason, rather than discussing the problem with colleagues or managers. It's not clear if this is a sign of progress (i.e. mental health is now so engrained in the workplace that there's less need to publicise World Mental Health Day), or something else.

Though the police are the grant's recipient, the funding was awarded based on a joint proposal from a local planning group known as the Athens-Clarke County Justice and Mental Health Collaborative.

The course is scheduled to begin in November and, "will be offered to all sectors in TT and the region with special emphasis on the protective services and other first responders, healthcare professionals, educators, the media and youth". While this may seem alarming, there are several things employers can do to ensure they produce the right work environments for people to thrive.

Speaking to Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Drive, The Director of communications at the Ghana Mental Health Authority, Mr. Kweku Brobbey, explained that the theme for the 2017 World Mental Health Day is "Mental Health In The Workplace". Today on World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization wants your employer to know they can and should keep you mentally healthy.

One in five employees thought it would be inappropriate to send flowers to a colleague who has taken time off work for an extended period of time due to their mental health.

How do employers help employees to open up about issues they are experiencing?

If you are struggling, it's important to realize you aren't alone. "If people lack coping skills their performance at work is effected and that eventually leads to their termination", she said.

"MSF has worked in mental health contexts for more than 20 years now". It, then, means the companies are not able to respond because there isn't any information. Your bosses might not realize it's happening, or they might be participating themselves: making sexist or racist comments, or giving you the worst jobs because they just don't like you. That's because a lot of human beings have mental health issues (19 percent of us each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness).

JOLT also aim to live up to their name and by shaking up the perceptions of mental health in adulthood.

"Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability". They would have a more informed idea of what to do.

Dr. Fatema Mohammed Musa, Head of Service Development, Service Development - Service Development-Adult Health "PHCC is committed to fostering an environment where employees feel valued, respected and supported". Which, if they're a decent person, will be a good one. "Together, we can build on their efforts, and support the mental health of Canadians for generations to come". "Trying to undo some of the stigma that surrounds it because one of the things we found in anecdotal conversation and Dr Rolston's research is that even professionals are filled with stigma about mental health".

He added that this will allow employees to look at other options if they can not stand the stress. We should shed wrong perceptions about people, communities and ideas, and return good for evil in daily life.

"We spend so much time and emphasis on physical health, we focus on the medicinal treatment but there are also other therapies involved that we should probably focus on expanding those programs as well", said Vartanian.

Jenny Edwards CBE, Chief Executive at the Mental Health Foundation, has said: "Despite growing awareness, there are sadly still too many people who don't feel safe talking about their mental health at work".

The day provides the chance "for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide", according to organisers.

Canada still does not have a comprehensive mental health strategy and resources are still not available, as mental health is a largely hidden health issue.


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