The World Health Organisation recognises the 10th October each year as World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is mental health in the workplace.
With depression now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, increasing awareness of mental health is vital. According to the UK Chief Medical Officer, poor mental health is one of the biggest issues in the workplace today, causing over 70 million working days to be lost each year. This includes everything from the most commonly experienced symptoms of stress and anxiety, right through to more complex mental health conditions, such as depression, bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.
World Mental Health day this year aims to increase awareness of the problem. It’s not about becoming an expert in mental health but spotting the signs that something might be wrong. This allows problems to be addressed before they become severe, and ensures that employees are supported when issues do emerge.
NJC is pleased to support the Mental Health Foundation and more information can be found at https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day