Universities must do more to support students' mental health

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Universities must do more to support students' mental health

Members and staff of Clubhouse Gibraltar would like to invite the public to their "Come & Chat" on World Mental Health Day 10th October at 24 Wellington Front 11am - 4pm.

For this year's World Mental Health Day, to help enable employers to take a whole organisation approach to mental health, we've also launched a 'Workplace Wellbeing Toolkit'.

Mental Health in the Workplace is the focus of World Mental Health Day this year.

This includes small business owners and the self-employed - statistics from FSB's medical and health advice service show that the number of small business owners and self-employed seeking advice on mental health conditions, such as depression, work-related stress and anxiety, has doubled in the last five years.

"Experts say that stress and depression are the major causes of mental health problems among the students".

As a result of office stress and pressures, absenteeism can increase, the productivity of the employees can get hampered and they may be driven to the addiction of harmful substances such as alcohol and tobacco.

Dr Sebolelo Seape, chairman of the Psychiatry Management Group (PsychMG), says organisations and individuals alike need to become more aware of the reality and impact that mental health has on the workplace.

However, a new survey suggests that most people don't think their colleagues would react well to any mention of mental disorders.

Jenny Edwards CBE, chief executive at the charity said: "Despite growing awareness, there are sadly still too many people who don't feel safe talking about their mental health at work". Organizations like NAMI, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, Treatment Advocacy Center, The Trevor Project and Mental Health America are just a few doing really great things.

"For many people it's really beneficial because actually the most hard thing for people to do is to take that first step and have that face-to-face conversation about their mental health and wellbeing". The cross-profession Legal Professions Taskforce was founded in May a year ago, initiated by the Law Society and driven by LawCare This aims to establish and share best practice across the profession, improve the perception of mental heath and wellbeing and address what barriers still exist to people seeking help.

Balancing paid work and unpaid caregiving work can also negatively affect caregivers' mental health, so a study at McMaster University (Canada) is testing whether caregiver-friendly workplace policies can improve their health and wellbeing.

"We still hear examples of mental ill-health being used as a form of casual insult".

"As well as speaking to people with experience of mental illness, Time2Listen will also consult with professionals and support agencies working within the criminal justice system, such as police officers, probation officers and mental health workers".

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