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A way to combat the stigma

A way to combat the stigma

Sometimes it's just as important to take a mental-health day, a day off exclusively dedicated to giving your psychological and emotional health some TLC, to break away from the draining stress of everyday life-stress which, over time, could lead to major health problems if not properly dealt with.

Fifty per cent of employees aged 18 to 34 say they've experienced depression, compared to 39 per cent of generation Xers and 29 per cent of baby boomers.

EMCOR UK initiated a three-year collaboration with Mind, commencing January 2017, to raise awareness, promote understanding, and provide support to the company's employees about mental health and wellbeing. "They might have said, 'I'm stressed out, ' or, 'I'm not working well, '" she says.

"With more than 9.7% of the South African population (or 4.5 million to be exact) suffering from depression the chances are quite real that the person sitting next to you in the office is at some stage in their lives of coping with the condition". Everything above is within their control: they can define tasks, keep workloads appropriate, and not give your boss more power than they actually need to get the job done.

The Director of Communications at the Ghana Mental Health Authority has stated that stress is a major source of mental illness. She said: "I realise now that my mental health started deteriorating over the last couple of years and a knee injury was the catalyst for tipping me over the edge".

"How do we engrain workplace wellbeing, particularly mental health wellbeing, as a workplace issue?". Anecdotally, she adds, younger workers like millennials are turning down management positions because the stress isn't worth the higher salary. For example, hard deadlines and a ton of work that you can't possibly get done in time.

Jenny Edwards CBE, Chief Executive at the Mental Health Foundation, has said: "Despite growing awareness, there are sadly still too many people who don't feel safe talking about their mental health at work".

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They outline the services available at the universities they represent.

"I think removing the stigma is the first thing we need to do". "It's something that I think everybody has been impacted by".

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"The Employment Equity Act protects employees in the workplace but only to an extent".

Of the respondents in the Stigma in the Workplace survey, 79% of them were female.

In order to help curb the stigma around depression, the depression and anxiety group offers various workshops and talks to both employees and organisations. They're often well meaning, but many times they don't have a connection to the thing other than that they are good-hearted people who want to do the right thing by their employer - which is laudable.

And if managers notice bullying, they shouldn't yell at the alleged aggressor. There is also a psychological phenomenon sometimes called mobbing, where a well-connected person can turn others' opinions against you. You need to work together with your medical doctor and psychiatrist to determine the best treatment and how to manage your time off, special needs required at work or flexible working hours. Let's go and talk.

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