Men­tal health at work in spot­light

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Men­tal health needs to be a key fo­cus for work­places, ed­u­ca­tion and health care in 2019, to stop peo­ple fac­ing un­fair dis­crim­i­na­tion, ac­cord­ing to a men­tal health or­gan­i­sa­tion.

See Me, the na­tional p ro g ramme t o end men­tal health stigma and dis­crim­i­na­tion, has called on pub­lic bod­ies, pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions and peo­ple across North La­nark­shire to do more to en­sure that peo­ple strug­gling with their men­tal health are treated fairly. They want this to start with this year’s Time to Talk day on Fe­bru­ary 7, a day for ev­ery­one to talk about men­tal health. The most re­cent re­search into men­tal health shows that peo­ple aren’t will­ing to speak about how they are feel­ing, for fear of the re­ac­tion they will re­ceive.

Last year’s Our Voice sur­vey found that only 40 per cent of peo­ple are will­ing to speak to their man­ager at work about their men­tal health. As well as that, 69 per cent have wit­nessed oth­ers be­ing treated dif­fer­ently or un­fairly be­cause of their men­tal health prob­lems.

Calum Irv­ing, See Me di­rec­tor, said: “Peo­ple with men­tal health prob­lems face un­ac­cept­ably high lev­els of stigma and dis­crim­i­na­tion.

“We all have men­tal health and any of us could go through a pe­riod where we strug­gle.

“In these times we need the help and sup­port of those around us to give us the best chance of re­cov­ery.

“So we want to see work­places, com­mu­ni­ties, schools, health providers in North La­nark­shire to come to­gether to talk about men­tal health this year, start­ing with Time to Talk day.”

You can get in­volved in Time to Talk day by order­ing or down­load­ing ma­te­ri­als and sup­port packs at https:// www.seemescot­land.org/

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