Ignoring your mental health can be risky business

It is also important that employees know that any disclosures they make will be treated appropriately and that, within reason, their employer will look to help to assist them as this will hopefully help employees overcome their fear of stigma.

Since 1949, Mental Health America (MHA) has led the observance of National Mental Health Month in May. She said these steps should be complemented by taking stock of one’s well-being through regular mental health checkups.

She said another example was the counseling CCS provided to the friends, family and classmates of the middle school girl from Starkville who recently committed suicide as a result of bullying.

See the person and not the illness. “Without the security and freedom provided by these rights, it is very hard to maintain a high level of mental health”, according to WHO. We need to see that no two people are exactly alike, even if they have the same mental health condition.

But it takes a village. I like to think that those who are mentally ill and are lucky enough, like me, to have some sort of awareness of what they are dealing with are just like everyone else. When we engage in prevention and early identification, we can help reduce the burden of mental illness by identifying symptoms and warning signs early-and then provide effective treatment. This is just one story, of a man in his 60s facing an onslaught most of us would struggle to withstand. I have always found them to be very helpful and approachable. Research has found that 30% of people with a long-term physical health problem also have a mental health problem and 46% of people with a mental health problem also had a long-term physical health problem.

Theresa May said that she would scrap the existing Mental Health Act if she won the General Election.

She and others fear that early, effective intervention and low-priced treatments for people suffering from mental illness and substance abuse may become a thing of the past under the Republican plan. “If individuals aren’t aware that they have a mental illness or are afraid to bring it up, it can produce unfavorable outcomes if left untreated”. “The converse can be true as well”.

“We want people to be aware”: Richmond Road Medical Centre. We need to treat them with kindness and dignity. That translates to 1 in 5 adults with a mental illness, and almost 1 in 25 with a serious mental illness, such as Schizophrenia (1.1%), Bipolar Disorder (2.6%), or Major Depression (6.9%). “People of all income levels, gender, race, religion; they all struggle with the same problems, and they would all benefit from early diagnosis and treatment”.

As Ellen Scott put it, ‘we still need to be talking about mental health’.

Barbara Keeley, Labour’s shadow mental health minister, said: “The Tories have not delivered on their promise to give mental health the same priority as physical health”.

“Half of mental health problems in adulthood begin before the age of 14, so investment in solutions for children and young people now and broader mental health education is crucial. This isn’t an issue that just affects a minority”, said Jenny Edwards, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation.

Having worked within the mental health sector and coping with my own mental health in the past, I can assure each and every one of you that there is a positive outcome for anyone who seeks help and speaks out.

Although there has been progress over the last few years and a significant increase in funding for mental health services, too numerous old problems remain. Your genes and family history may play a role.

Mental Health Month targets 'Risky Business'