HCA looks for mental health 'champions' in healthcare communications

10/11/2017 03:00 | 17

HCA looks for mental health 'champions' in healthcare communications

This means that not enough resources and skills are being utilised to help assist mental health sufferers, which has a ripple effect on organisations.

Dr Appiah-Pippim, who gave the advice at a media briefing in Wa to mark the 2017 World Mental Health Day, stressed the need to have a mental health unit in every regional health facility to cater for referral cases from the communities and districts.

Workplaces, schools, and organizations all over the world take some time today to help educate their people about depression, anxiety disorders, and other mental illnesses, in order to better support the almost 600 million people worldwide who suffer from anxiety, depression, or both.

Michael Wilson, the University of Toronto's chancellor and the chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and Santa Ono, president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia, write in the Globe op-ed that they have personal experience with the painful toll mental illness can take.

Fortunately, managers don't need to be mental health professionals, or even to have experienced what someone's going through to support them effectively.

A dedicated telephone helpline for EMCOR UK employees has been introduced alongside the recruitment of EMCOR UK Mind Champions and trained mental health staff to lead the programme and host a series of EMCOR UK Mind Days across the UK.

Today is World Mental Health Day, with the theme mental health at work; an initiative that deserves all of our support.

A separate report by the Mental Health Foundation found that people living with mental health problems contribute 225bn to the economy each year, something they say should make employers wake up to the need to protect that contribution.

The organisation's "Look Beyond The Label" tagline challenges everybody to ignore the misconceptions around mental health as well as embracing the shopping with a social echo mantra also shared by The Big Issue Shop. "They might have said, 'I'm stressed out, ' or, 'I'm not working well, '" she says.

He added that this will allow employees to look at other options if they can not stand the stress. Millennials are also more likely to believe they now have a mental illness (21 per cent versus 14 per cent for generation X versus nine per cent for baby boomers) and say they feel nervous or anxious most days (21 per cent versus 11 per cent and seven per cent, respectively, for the other two groups). At least in the USA, nearly every county has mental health services ranging from crisis hotlines that are staffed 24/7 and ready to listen and help, to clinics that provide regular counseling and other mental health-related services to anyone, regardless of ability to pay.

The study revealed around one in five have witnessed phrases linked to mental health being used in a derogatory way at work. They simply won't understand how to help you if you don't explain that occasionally you find yourself in a bad place. "I hope that by sharing my story, it will encourage other people to speak out and employers will demonstrate their support by signing the Time to Change pledge". They might attempt to brush away your concerns or think they should be able to tell you about what they did they time they felt like you.

"These trends among younger age groups in the workplace may seem disconcerting", Mary Ann Baynton, program director, Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, said in a statement. "Together, we can build on their efforts, and support the mental health of Canadians for generations to come".


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