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Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

More workers ask for mental health help

More workers ask for mental health help

The Heart of New Ulm Project's (HONU) Brown County Mental Health and Wellness action team are part of a local effort to stop the silence and the stigma.

Four in 10 graduates claimed they had left university with mental health issues and 65% said they did not think their university did enough to support students with conditions.

Only 16% of people blame social media for having a negative impact on their mental health. And with our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, typically being more office based than outdoors, it's important companies encourage employees to take regular breaks and time away from their desks.

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week this week (May 14 to 20), the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Commission is launching an art campaign for anyone under 25. Employers have an opportunity to make a real impact; by encouraging better physical health behaviours they can become the catalyst for better mental health too. Lack of awareness of the most severe mental health conditions mean the public are not alert to how serious mental illness can be.

Mrs Ely said stress, if left to fester, could lead to serious mental and physical health problems, and even suicide.

Mental health first aid and workplace wellbeing training is one way to ensure that all your staff are aware of the definition of mental health, the facts around mental health and the broad range of ways in which mental health examples can occur - all whilst learning practical ways to have the conversation comfortably.

Nearly half of those consulted chose mental health as the issue young people consider most important above other issues such as cyber safety. This Mental Health Awareness Week we are asking 'How are you, really?' We want to help as many people as we can in the legal profession who are feeling stressed or depressed or have any other issue.

We all have mental health, Jake Mills urges us all to take care of it.

The Hub of Hope, which the first database of its kind in the United Kingdom, has been publicly commended by mental health charities such as the Samaritans and public figures including Jeremy Corbyn and Davina McCall, who referred to Jake as "the Dalai Lama of mental health". After all, we can not represent and support our members effectively unless we really understand who they are, how they feel, and what they need from us.

We have certainly come a long way and are more accepting about mental illness, but we have a lot of work to do.

22% cite mental ill health as the primary cause of long-term absence from work in the United Kingdom compared with 13% in 2016. "But it needs to start from the top down, business leaders need to create a culture where people's health and wellbeing is prioritised".

But there was also a major role for law firms and chambers to help change the profession's culture, with Kayleigh Leonie, Law Society council member for the Junior Lawyers Division, saying that junior lawyers found it hard to speak up in a traditional, hierarchical law firm.

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