Brightstar marks World Mental Health Awareness Day

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Mental health is a matter worth thinking about.

Councillor Jean Boulton said, "We have established a 'Young People's Mental Health Network in Frome and are hosting meetings with a range of organisations, both voluntary and public sector, working in this area".

Sharing his ordeal at his workplace where he worked for over a year, he said it is not easy to work in a highly competitive environment, particularly for a person who is already suffering from a mental health issue.

"Today, I especially want to thank all those who have shared their stories and experiences around mental health - including my mother, Margaret", Trudeau said, referring to his mother's well-publicised struggle with mental health issues.

It's good to remember that mental health issues are very common - with one in four people in the United Kingdom being affected.

A separate report by the Mental Health Foundation found that people living with mental health problems contribute 225bn to the economy each year, something they say should make employers wake up to the need to protect that contribution. If mental health is affecting someone's ability to do their job, help is available through our Access to Work scheme's dedicated Mental Health Support Service.

One in five employees thought it would be inappropriate to send flowers to a colleague who has taken time off work for an extended period of time due to their mental health.

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According to the World Health Organisation, around 34% people in developing countries suffer from mental health disorders. The National Mental Health Survey 2015-16 revealed that almost 15 per cent of Indian adults need active intervention for one or more mental health issues and one in 20 Indians suffers from depression.

"I think often employers and governments push it aside because they think it is something that is going to cost them money". We need to be doing the same thing with mental health to prove it's just as valid.

JOLT also aim to live up to their name and by shaking up the perceptions of mental health in adulthood.

Based on MHFA England's "MHFA Champion", the programme will take place over one day, teaching participants the skills required to identify, understand and respond to mental health among the work place. Here are a few things that you can do for yourself or for others on this day and in the future. Of how to get themselves support as professionals and where to send people too.

Even the best workplace will have employees who have mental health issues. "We are talking specifically about trying to break the kinds of myth that people generally hold around mental health".

In early 2017, the Athens-Clarke County Justice and Mental health Collaborative submitted a joint grant proposal that suggested solutions to help individuals with mental health issues. However, because of the assumptions of how these communities should be treated and the systematic oppression against these communities, it remains a challenge to give them the specific care and uplifting that they need.

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