Today – Wednesday 10 October 2012 – is World Mental Health Day. The aim of this day is to raise public awareness about mental illness by promoting:
- open discussion of mental disorders;
- investment in prevention, promotion and treatment services.
The theme for this year’s day is ‘Depression: A Global Crisis’. Depression affects more than 350 million people of all ages, in all communities, and is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease. Although there are known effective treatments for depression, access to treatment is a problem in most countries and in some countries fewer than 10% of those who need it receive such treatment.
Mental health problems are prevalent in workplaces but will be far less serious and damaging if they can be identified early. It is important for employers and line managers to:
- understand the key factors that can contribute to mental health issues before they take root;
- recognise the signs that an employee is suffering from depression or another mental health problems;
- know where to go to get help when trying to support an employee they believe is suffering from mental illness.
Free advice and support is available for employers with staff mental and physical health problems from the Health for Work Adviceline. Simply call 0800 0 77 88 44 or use our online resources to find out more information.