Depression is now the leading cause of ill health worldwide

Raising awareness about depression is the focus of this year’s WHO World Health Day 2017

Depression causes mental and physical suffering and can limit a person’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends.  Untreated depression can prevent people from working, participating in family and community life and in the worst case scenario, can lead to suicide (Public Health Matters).

Time To Change state that mental ill-health is the leading cause of sick ness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year. One in four British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year and 95% of employees who called in sick with stress gave a different reason. You can demonstrate your commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace by signing up to the Time to Change Employer Pledge.

More and more workplaces are turning towards mindfulness because employee health and wellbeing is now widely acknowledged as a key driver of business success and so employers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of looking after both the mental and physical health of their staff  (Workplace opportunities to prevent and treat poor mental health).

Organisations across England are being encouraged to use, share and discuss the Mental Health Toolkit for Employers. This has been designed to help businesses take steps to proactively incorporate better management of mental health into the everyday working environment; it’s available for everyone to use.

Many people suffer with mental health problems in silence and often push through until they are no longer able to cope. So by integrating mental health into the workplace and creating an environment where employees feel valued and which promotes open communication and encourages people to seek help when they need it, can make a difference to someone who is suffering.

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