World Mental Health Day 2017

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World Mental Health Day 2017

Today is World Mental Health Day, an international day to raise awareness of mental health issues and promote the importance of good mental health. World Mental Health Day is recognised by The World Health Organisation and takes place on 10 October every year. Here’s our short guide to everything you need to know about the day.

Is there a theme?

This year the World Health Organisation has set the theme as ‘Mental health in the workplace’. As a large proportion of our adult life is spent at work, it’s important that employers have initiatives in place to not only promote mental wellbeing at work but also to support employees who struggle with stress, depression and anxiety.

Watch our video below to learn more about mental health in the workplace?



What’s the hash tag for social media?

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Key facts about mental health in the workplace:

  • 1 in 5 people take a day off work due to stress
  • Working days lost to stress, depression and anxiety has increased by 24% over the last 6 years
  • A quarter of people consider resigning due to stress
  • 70 million working days are lost each year due to ill mental health, costing Britain £70 - £100 billion annually
  • 56% of UK adults would not hire someone with depression

Mental health and the gender divide:

  • 37% of men feel worried or low, yet their relatives and friends may have no idea there’s a problem
  • Women are between 20- 40% more likely than men to develop a mental health problem
  • Since 1981, the proportion of male to female suicides has increased steadily to 4 in 5 suicides being male
  • 50% of women with perinatal mental health problems are not identified or treated, costing the UK an estimated £8.1 bn

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Facts courtesy of Mental Health Foundation
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