• World Mental Health Day 2017

    Tuesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day which this year is focusing on mental health in the workplace. We spend a lot of time a work – a lot, so it’s really important that our work environment is a nurturing space that supports wellbeing. Sadly this is not always the case - I can speak from my own past experience of stressful and toxic work environments to attest to this and I see many patients and clients seeking help to manage work-related psychological difficulties. It’s no surprise that a negative work environment can lead to physical and mental health problems and unhelpful coping mechanisms like overworking, harmful use of substances or alcohol. Not only that, work problems don’t just stay at work, they have the potential to pervade every aspect of our lives, affecting our relationships and preventing us from having any downtime. Currently, globally more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability and more than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders.

    A key focus of IAPT, the NHS Mental Health Service for anxiety and depression disorders, is supporting people to find and stay in work. We recognise that good work is important for maintaining good mental health and we know that employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work. So if you think there should be more of this in the world, tell someone about it, start a discussion, share a post on social media, do what you can to raise awareness of the importance of mental health in the workplace.

    You can read more about World Mental Health day here

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