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DTL supports Mental Health Awareness Week

DTL supports Mental Health Awareness Week

16 May 2019

In today's society it seems as though mental health issues are rife. To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) surveyed 400 employees from a range of businesses in the UK to understand what is being done to support workers with mental health problems.

The researchers found that despite efforts to dismantle taboos surrounding mental health, 80% of employees won’t discuss problems with their line manager, while 25% said they’d be more comfortable having such conversations with a colleague.

The results also show that line managers feel they don’t get enough help from their organisation to support the mental health of their staff, with just 31% of those surveyed saying they felt sufficiently trained to recognise symptoms of poor mental wellbeing.

One in six workers experience mental health issues

IOSH also reveal that "at any one time, one in six workers experience mental health problems such as stress, depression and anxiety." In response, IOSH have produced a new white paper designed to help managers promote positive mental health - download it here.

Mental health in male dominated industries

Many of the industries with which Develop Training Ltd (DTL) work are predominantly male dominated. This together with the type of work that is being carried out can give many people the perception that they're 'tough blokes' who won't want, or even need, to talk about feelings or have mental health difficulties. But mental health problems can affect any of us – directly or otherwise. And without support from those around us, we can lose what we care about most – our friends, our social life, our jobs.

DTL has long tried to dispel the 'tough blokes' myth and and last year produced a handy download to help employers promote awareness of managing stress both at home and in the workplace - download your copy here.

Mental health should be treated the same as physical health

DTL is keen to promote the importance of mental health being treated the same as physical health. A strong culture of health and safety is already in place within the majority of industries with which DTL work, yet more could still be done to increase the focus on mental health.

Employers need to make employees feel valued, supported and listened to. They need to make sure they know there is a safe, non-judgmental place they can express their worries, and ensure we have the knowledge to help them find the support they need.

And while raising awareness in the workplace is important, even more crucial is taking action; and that falls to each and every one of us. It's about caring for those around us: family, friends, colleagues and maybe even strangers. Taking just a moment to ask: "Are you all right - is everything going well?" can make the biggest difference to someone who is mentally struggling.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week runs until 19th May 2019. It is the UK's national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all. The theme this year is body image: how we think and feel about our bodies. Read more here.

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