Mental Health Awareness
Mental health is a critical issue that affects millions of people worldwide. The Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from May 15th to 21st, 2023, aims to raise awareness about mental health issues and provide support to those who are struggling with mental health problems. One of the most common mental health issues is anxiety, which can be triggered by a range of factors, including exam pressures, relationships, starting a new job, losing a job, and other significant life events.
Financial worries are also a significant contributor to anxiety, as people may feel stressed about not being able to meet their basic needs, such as heating their homes or buying food. In the UK, it was estimated that 914,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression, and anxiety last year. Unfortunately, many people who experience mental health issues are reluctant to discuss their problems, which can lead to increased levels of depression and, in some cases, suicide.
Companies can play a significant role in promoting good mental health by providing support and resources to their employees. The HSE has published a workbook that provides practical guidance on how to manage work-related stress and meet legal duties to assess the risks to employees from work-related stress. By addressing these issues, companies can create a healthier and more supportive environment for their staff. This resource can be sourced at:
It's time to end the stigma around mental health and encourage people to seek help when they need it. By talking openly about mental health and providing resources and support to those who are struggling, we can help to create a healthier, happier society. As Mental Health Awareness Week approaches, let's make a commitment to prioritize mental health and support those who need it.