£500k to improve first response mental health services

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- Wavebreak/Istock.com pic via AFPLONDON, Oct 10 - World Mental Health Day 2017 takes place this year today, providing the ideal reminder to take stock of your own mental health.

But an ill-informed and damaging attitude among some people exists around mental health that can make it hard for some to seek help.

The Director of UWA's Centre for Transformative Work Design, Professor Sharon Parker, believes that; "poorly designed work can take a heavy toll on workers' mental health, whereas when work is well-designed, employees will not only be healthier but more productive as well".

Mental health disorders are on the increase, with women and young people particularly susceptible to anxiety and depression.


"However, we never associate a person being sick to a mental health issue", CEO Satish Kannan said in the statement. It is estimated that only about a quarter of people with a mental health problem in the United Kingdom receive ongoing treatment, leaving the majority of people grappling with mental health issues on their own, seeking help or information, and dependent on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues.

NHS England has now published new guidelines to help Global Positioning System better identify the signs of anxiety and depression as well as a range of mental health problems, including those which specifically affect older people.

"Severe staff shortages mean fewer mental health nurses to deal with a rising number of users with complex needs", Sara Gorton, Unison's head of health, told the Guardian. World Health Organization forecasts that the prevalence of depression, as one of the more prominent mental illnesses, will increase.

Separate studies have also shown that feelings of loneliness and isolation are also a considerable factor in people feeling depressed or anxious, as three quarters of older people (72%) explaining that having more opportunities to socialise with other people would help them feel better.


In the past year Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) England has trained a further 65,000 people in Mental Health First Aid.

"Mental health is a priority for Global Positioning System and we work with people with a wide range of mental health problems".

The Foundation have published a guide (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-support-mental-health-work) and are calling on people to use it to make their workplaces more "mentally friendly". This includes everything from being strangled, headbutted, and bitten, according to more than 1,000 mental health workers who reported their personal experiences via a survey conducted by Unison, one of the biggest trade unions in the United Kingdom.


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