May 22, 2018

Wrexham AM pledges support to Mental Health Awareness week

16 May 2018, 05:47 | Lena Norman

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Mental Health Awareness Week, from Monday to Sunday, May 14 to 20, aims to draw attention to the prevalence of emotional problems which the Mental Health Foundation says affect one in three people during their lifetimes.

"Depression being undiagnosed, being not recognized, being not talked about, in combination with stressors, but it has to be in combination". But poor and insecure working conditions undermine good mental health. However, there is more work to do.

Mental Health Foundation Director Isabella Goldie said, "Millions of us around the United Kingdom are experiencing high levels of stress and it is damaging our health".

The research comes as demand for mental health treatment is increasing, with Bupa seeing the number of employees claiming for mental health treatment double over the last decade.

Called "Rural Minds Matter", it's being driven by two people who have faced mental health issues in the past, and looks to provide support to those living in smaller communities in West Sussex without great access to mental health services.

Ian, 60, found help through compassion-focused therapy at the Tuke Centre at The Retreat in York, and he now draws on his experiences to challenge how society perceives mental health in his role as Time to Change Co-Ordinator for York CVS.

"There's lots of help available in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to anyone experiencing stress and finding that it's getting in the way of enjoying life".

More brands and media owners are allying themselves with social issues, including mental health which is a particular problem among younger people.

"Waiting lists and services, sadly, aren't always as quick as you'd like them to be but there's always loads of help online and loads of people who want to listen".

The princes issued heartfelt pleas for people to "start a conversation on mental health" as part of a minute-long message which was simultaneously broadcast by hundreds of United Kingdom radio stations at 10.59am today. By breaking the silence, they hoped to normalise the conversation and encourage others to seek support.

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Managers of the town's Samaritans branch say they need around twice as many volunteers as they now have in order to provide a round-the-clock service to people in need of help. And in a busy working world, it's easy for employees to slip into bad habits such as checking emails late at night and over the weekend.

Some employers go further and prohibit employees from eating lunch at their desks or sending emails out of operating hours.

Many employers are concerned about the rising cost of workplace mental illness.

From May 15 until May 18, the Harbor Bridge lights will be lit green, in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month. Exercise releases endorphins while eating well and avoiding too much sugar and caffeine are both helpful strategies to reduce stress.

"Employee wellbeing should form part of a company's holistic risk assessment with processes in place to manage the associated risks".

Pirate FM is asking for an extra minute of your time for mental health.

Stress can often arise from range of emotional, physical and environmental factors rather than a single source. Catering to each individual's unique coping mechanism and pointing them in the direction of support that will help their personal circumstances is key.

An Employee Assistance Programme can deliver practical support for staff and bring about a more productive team.

Organisations from across Scotland are set to benefit from a new mental health fund.

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