Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Attacks On Mental Health Workers On The Rise

Attacks On Mental Health Workers On The Rise

Mental health support organisation Mind has some tips to help get a good night's rest.

Helping others has been found to have both physical and mental health benefits, with a 2013 review of 40 academic papers by the UK's University of Exeter finding that volunteers rated their levels of depression as lower and their levels of well-being and life satisfaction as higher than non-volunteers.

Minister for Health, Roger Cook, said that; "with one in five of us experiencing mental health issues in any given year and the many hours we spend at work, it is critical that workplaces know how to create environments that help their employees thrive".

But there has always been a social stigma attached to mental health conditions and many people are unwilling to admit they are affected.

"We are asking people to talk about mental health, but this must be matched with an ability to listen compassionately and act appropriately".

"It provides a place where people can access support and information before they reach crisis", says Minister Hunt.

And according to a separate study, employees feel clear communication that mental health issues are a valid reason for sick leave would make for a more inclusive workplace.

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Many previous studies have also shown how access to nature and green spaces can benefit health, with a 2015 study of U.S. adults findings that men in particular and those age 65 and above sleep better when they have access to nature, with better sleep linked to a lower risk of depression.

Twenty eight per cent have had a member of staff come to them with concerns surrounding their mental health, but only 42 per cent are certain which procedures to follow when a mental health issue is raised.

When it comes to physical versus mental health, 62 per cent of managers agreed taking time off due to physical illness or injury is treated more seriously in the workplace than taking time off to improve mental wellbeing.

Numerous staff members who answered the survey say that these problems exist because of understaffing.

Chris O Sullivan, Head of Business Development at the Charity said: "Healthy workplaces recognise the contribution of employees living with mental health problems and support open disclosure".

"GPs are the first port of call for many older people, so we are equipping doctors and their teams to better spot and tackle mental ill health in older adults". To support employees, transform practices and embed a whole organisational approach to workplace wellbeing, employers need to make the offer of mental health training a priority.

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