Employers need solid understanding of unhealthy workplace practices

Today marks World Mental Health Day and this week is Mental Health Awareness Week in New Zealand.

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Mental illness afflicts persons of any age, gender, race, income, or education- in equal proportion throughout the world. In response, GKR has spent the a year ago raising awareness of mental health amongst staff. Also as per World Health Organization, half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated.

If you are anxious about your or someone else’s mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider.

In some countries, people with mental disorders are abused and incarcerated, it says.

Mental health disorders are expected to drain 16 trillion USA dollars (£12 trillion) per year from the global economy by 2030, experts have said. “This Unit, although based at the Alexandra Hospital, runs a community-based programme, which manages clients in communities and clinics, which are held at its hospital location”.

‘In my time as health minister I have met many people who have been bereaved by suicide and their stories of pain and loss will stay with me for a long time.

“It’s up to employers to take a proactive approach to managing mental health in the workplace before it’s too late”.

Special emphasis should be given to helping children and teenagers, who were facing rising rates of mental illness, the experts added. “I spoke earlier of the impact of illicit substances on the mental health of our adolescents, as well as the issues of puberty and relationships on our adolescent population”.

“Mental health is something that fluctuates throughout a lifetime and with more support it makes people more functional”.

“If you or someone you love suffers from a mental illness, of if you want to learn how you can help improve the lives of those afflicted with mental illness, please write or call the Alliance for the Mentall Ill or the NAMI website, www.namiindiana.org, 317-925-9399, or 812-663-6370”, said local NAMI representative Linda Ricke.

Comprehensive behavioral assessments help psychologists to identify mental health disorders or some imbalance such as: sleep disorders, work life integration, burnout, and anxiety. “It is time to do the same for mental health”.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

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He said the burden of mental illness had risen “dramatically” worldwide in the past 25 years, partly because societies are aging and more children are surviving into adolescence, yet “no country is investing enough” to tackle the problem. The risk factors for mental disorders are well established, and substantial progress has been made in developing effective interventions for such problems. “Suicide is a leading cause of death in young people”. “We can not expect to save lives if people who need help are being turned away from specialist care”, they wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday.

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