Until recently, mental illness was considered a taboo subject.
However, thanks to a small but growing number of celebrities prepared to admit they have suffered (or are still suffering) from a form of mental illness – eg Stephen Fry, Catherine Zeta Jones and Mel Gibson – it’s becoming more acceptable to reveal a mental health issue without being stigmatised or discriminated against, particularly in the workplace.
It is estimated that in any one year, approximately one in four British adults will experience at least one diagnosable mental health disorder.
And within the UK’s working age population, approximately 11 million people experience symptoms associated with mental ill health (source: Office for National Statistics, 2001) and around six million have symptoms that meet the diagnostic criteria for mental illness, mainly anxiety and/or depression.
Support from colleagues and line managers is clearly vital in helping employees manage distress or mental illness but many employees admit to feeling uncomfortable about working alongside colleagues who have mental health symptoms.
Even if work colleagues and friends are open and supportive to someone with mental health problems, they may be unsure of how to deal with someone who is particularly distressed or going through a crisis.
MOHS offers a range of mental health training and awareness workshops.
For further information or to book a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 601 4041.