L&G introduces mental health awards

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The findings have been released to coincide with the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.

29% believe employees should not discuss mental health issues at work, with the percentage higher (36%) among younger managers. The campaign is aimed mainly at adults but at a time when, as the chief executive of Barnardo's recently warned, the situation in children's mental health "is getting more severe and more hard by the day", we can't afford to ignore children and young people either. The fact that just 38 per cent feel that their workplace encourages an open culture around mental health is concerning, particularly given the research by Stevenson and Farmer which showed that poor mental health at work could be costing the United Kingdom economy as much as £99 billion per year.

Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said: "As we mark Mental Health Awareness Week, it is worrying to discover that half of employees still don't feel able to speak out".

In the aforementioned BOSS interviews, KPMG Partner Paul Howes stated that "as a society, we're still a long way off being at the point we need to be to actually recognise that this is not a weakness".

Most people are unaware of the fact that somehow they or their closed ones are directly or indirectly in the grips of mental illness.

The Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust is also supporting Mental Health Awareness Week with a variety of talks and workshops are taking place at Stevenage Wellbeing Centre tomorrow - along with the chance to try Laughter Yoga and other activities.

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Amid this, 68 per cent think employers should do more to improve the understanding of mental health in the workplace. "These results are significant because they challenges traditional thinking about the proportion of the population affected by mental health issues and the reasons behind them". It's a simple action which can help people find the right support early on, which we know helps to prevent problems from worsening.

Tackling stress can help address mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide.

Legal & General has launched its Not A Red Card Awards to celebrate what businesses have developed and implemented regarding best practices around addressing mental health in the workplace.

The MoD has announced a package of support including training in listening skills for serving personnel and families, and a confidential webchat service for those on operations overseas.

"So we're hoping that our bus is not only going to get out and talk to people, but make people in those areas feel that there are people who actually care about their mental health as well".

Training law students in emotional competency, and a change in culture, led from the top, in law firms and chambers are among the shifts needed to combat the growing problem of stress in the legal profession, according to a roundtable held in the run-up to Mental Health Awareness Week, which begins today.

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