Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Expert comment - Mental health in the United Kingdom workplace, is enough being done?

Expert comment - Mental health in the United Kingdom workplace, is enough being done?

Shockingly, 56 per cent of the referrals came in when the children were going through primary school.

"It is vital that Government urgently provides more funding to Childline and help children who don't have access to support elsewhere".

The NSPCC's Are You There? campaign is calling on the government to invest funding into early support services for children.

We spend a third of our lives at work (World Health Organisation) and mental ill health is thought to be responsible for 91 million lost working days each year, more than for any other illness (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).

Almost a third (31%) of referrals from schools to CAMHS, for Trusts who were able to provide the information, over the last three years were declined treatment as they did not meet the criteria for support.

That's why it's important to encourage people to think about their mental health and what they need to do to protect it - just as we do already with physical health -and to feel comfortable in coming forward and being open about any problems they might be facing.

Dame Esther Rantzen, founder and president of Childline, added: "Young people are telling us they are overwhelmed with mental health issues, such depression and anxiety, which is taking many of them to the brink of suicide".

The 'Mental Health Minute', which falls in Mental Health Awareness Week, is supported by the Royal Foundation's Heads Together project, which was launched to change the national conversation on mental health and tackle the stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need.

"We must make sure that Childline is adequately funded so it isn't left vulnerable and can be there for the children who have nowhere else to turn".

It's believed community and voluntary services, such as the helpline, are a lifeline to rejected children.

The study, commissioned by Mental Health Foundation, looked into how stress affected over 4600 adults in the United Kingdom and found that 74% of people at one point felt that they were "overwhelmed or unable to cope".

We believe it is crucial that young people can access support without excessive delays whenever they are courageous enough to seek help.

'This poignant moment of reflection, a first in United Kingdom radio, is a wonderful opportunity to help us improve how we support each other emotionally'. A gender divide also emerged: 81 per cent of women felt this way compared to 67 per cent of men.

The study of 4,619 people - which was conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Mental Health Foundation in partnership with Mental Health First Aid England for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May) - also revealed that a quarter (25 per cent) of millennials and nearly one in five (18 per cent) baby boomers believe they compromise their health to do their job. Other issues that can cause stress, these could be relationships, work or money issues. "This means that early intervention by specialist mental health staff is not happening", she said.

A spokesperson from the Mental Health Foundation said: "Governments across the United Kingdom should introduce a minimum of two 'mental health days" for every public sector worker.

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