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The importance of mental health awareness in the workplace
In the UK, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at any one time, including in the workplace. What’s worse is that many employers and managers simply don’t understand enough about the topic and so can do little to help, which often results in a person’s mental health worsening.
What is Mental Health Awareness Week?
Mental Health Awareness Week takes place 18-24 May 2020 and is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma.
The event provides an opportunity for you and your organisation to add to the wider conversation that will be occurring on social media, television and elsewhere; to set out the importance of mental health to your organisation with your staff and to underpin this commitment with a range of activities to support learning on the subject.
- 9 out of 10 people who experience mental health problems say they face stigma and discrimination as a result.
- 60% of people said that stigma and discrimination are as damaging, or more damaging than the symptoms of their mental health problem.
- 35% of respondents said that stigma had made them give up on their ambitions, hopes and dreams for their life.
- 27% said stigma had made them want to give up on life. *
Aspiration Training offer a fully accredited course ‘certificate in awareness of mental health problems’ which has been designed as an introduction to mental health to raise an awareness of how important it is to the workplace. The course provides an overview of mental health problems, outlining some of the symptoms and effects, and explains what you can do to help colleagues feel supported and encouraged. The course aims to promote positive mental health and demonstrate how easy it can be for employers to make adjustments in order to encourage tolerance and understanding in the workplace.
If you are interested in finding out more or signing up to this course, please contact us
*Figures come from viewpoint survey 2014/15 (Institute of Psychiatry). Survey of 1,000 people using secondary mental health services in five locations in England.