A fifth of employees attended work suffering mental health issues previous year

Jackie Doyle-Price incumbent Conservative Member of Parliament for Thurrock travels around her constituency in Thurrock England

Jackie Doyle-Price incumbent Conservative Member of Parliament for Thurrock travels around her constituency in Thurrock England

An initiative of the World Federation of Mental Health and supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Mental Health Day takes place every year on 10 October with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and promoting greater emotional wellbeing.

A mental health advocate in California, who has recently been awarded by the State Senate, said on Wednesday that her priority now is to help raise the awareness of mental illnesses among young Chinese Americans.

"People do think about mental health issues, do talk about mental health issues more than when I started", said Interior Health's Medical Director for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Paul Dagg.

We can not say that suicide is a black and white situation, as Gaga and Ghebreyesus wrote: "Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address".

However, the proportion who said they would be more embarrassed to say they were off with a mental health problem than a physical illness decreased to 15%, from 20% in 2016.

With recent data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealing that men working in the construction industry are three times more at risk from suicide than those in other occupations*, Bouygues UK has introduced a new scheme to help tackle mental health issues and help staff at times of crisis.

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They point out that mental health problems can affect anyone, irrespective of age, and early treatment can help in recovery.

The theme of this year's World Mental health Day is spot on, but the changing world that we need to see is the one that is able to contribute positively to the prevention of difficulties and the development of good mental health in our children and young people.

"These findings are particularly important this week as we focus our collective attention on mental wellbeing for Mental Health Awareness Week", Grant Robertson said. "The challenges are to help people understand that it is an illness and there are medicines and treatment available".

Across England, more than 21,000 people were sectioned on 31 March, an increase of five per cent from a year previously - though part of this increase can be explained by some trusts not providing figures in 2017.

It is widely accepted worldwide that mental health issues become evident in someone around the age of 14 years, but it takes up to about 10 years to show the full manifestation.

It called for a human rights-based approach to ensure that people with mental health conditions are not denied fundamental human rights, including access to employment, education and other core life experiences. The construction company has introduced mental health first aiders to its sites across Wales and the West. In spite of the "universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources", Gaga explained, and this is due to socially imposed issues - like guilt, shame, fear and stigma - as well as economic ones, like inadequate funding.

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