Today is World Mental Health Day (WMHD): a day which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and bring to light what support is available.
WMHD takes place every year on 10th October and is supported by organisations including the World Federation of Mental Health and the World Health Organisation. This year’s theme is mental health in the workplace.
One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. It is predicted that depression will be the second most common health condition worldwide by 2020.
Cllr Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Care said:
“A huge proportion of our adult life is spent at work, meaning our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing.
“This year’s theme of mental health in the work place is a brilliant way to highlight that you are not alone in the way you’re feeling. Mental health problems at work are a lot more common than you may thing; at least one in six people in employment will be experiencing mental health problems at any given time, including depression and anxiety.”
For employers, looking after the mental health of employees can help towards reducing sickness absence rates, staff wellbeing and productivity and retention. However, it’s also key for employees to make sure that they are looking after themselves.
It’s easy to focus on what happens when a person becomes mentally ill, rather than working to keep people well in the first place. Because of this, Derby City Council will be holding Tea and Talk events throughout the week at Talking Points across the city. These will be hosted by adult social care mental health workers.
Anyone is welcome to pop in to a Talking Point during the week to find out more about the variety of mental health support available. You don’t need to book, just come along to any of the city-based events.
The team works to find out more about you, and can then help you to decide what support would be the most useful for you. Ultimately, they seek to help you achieve your goals in a positive way.
Marie used the Talking Points sessions; she has a severe obsessive compulsive disorder which had led to the breakdown of her relationship. Marie talked to the social care worker about all the things she couldn’t do and would need support with. However, the social care worker asked Marie about things she could do and what she wanted to achieve for herself.
“I was really surprised. Normally when I speak to someone from health or social care, it’s all about what I need help with. No-one has ever been interested in what I can do for myself, what I like doing and what things I want accomplish. It was a real breath of fresh air chatting about my positives.”
Find out more about Marie’s story and how Talking Points has helped her.
If you can’t make it to a Tea and Talk event, but would like to know where to start with taking care of your mental health, the NHS’s five steps to mental wellbeing is a great place to start.
Below are five things that, according to research, can really help to boost our mental wellbeing:
- Connect. Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Learn more in Connect for mental wellbeing.
- Be active. You don’t have to go to the gym; this can be anything to keep you moving, such as taking a walk, cycling or a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Learn more in Get active for mental wellbeing.
- Keep learning. Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. Why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? Find out more in Learn for mental wellbeing.
- Give to others. Even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Learn more in Give for mental wellbeing.
- Be mindful. Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Learn more in Mindfulness for mental wellbeing.