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Sunderland workforce get mental health training

How small businesses can help staff through personal and professional problems Mental Health Month 2017
Connie Andrews | 13 May, 2017, 09:41

Despite a dramatic improvement in recent years surrounding the awareness and acceptance of mental health, the stigma still remains, often by those who are living with mental health. "Recovery is possible, and they are not alone". Some days will be tougher than others.

At Intermountain Healthcare, 80 percent of mental healthcare services are provided by primary care physicians supported by an integrated team that includes mental health professionals.

Speaking openly about mental health is important.

Sponsored in part by the Greenville Health System, the mission of this symposium is to encourage mental health advocacy and end the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. We may think that we don't need to grieve for these losses and that we are being "pathetic" as no one has died yet still we feel sad and perhaps angry, scared, anxious, exhausted and unable to focus on things for a long time, all similar emotions that one goes through in grief.

In the episode - titled Let it B - Tara opens up about her own sexual discovery and says: "I always knew I was attracted to men and women but I didn't really know what bisexuality was". Designated support staff within the business and occupational health contacts should be a core part of the mental health and wellbeing programme.

Indeed, the word "depression" still has a bite to it, in the way that the word "gay" did when I first dared to say it to someone else in reference to myself.

When someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it's a lot to handle.

"When I did open up, it was without doubt the scariest moment of my life, it was very bad actually looking back at it". When we engage in prevention and early identification, we can help reduce the burden of mental illness by identifying symptoms and warning signs early-and then provide effective treatment.

When I was first diagnosed I was scared of what people would think if they found out, would anyone even get near me?

"The more people who are aware and can talk about it, the better".

The 42-year-old has been a key figure in the Bath Rugby Foundation's Move Like A Pro initiative, and is now leading the charge with "Lift the Weight" - an RPA community programme that specifically urges rugby players to open up about mental health issues. This May, for Mental Health Awareness Month, one more unexpected voice is jumping into the wellness conversation.

Having worked within the mental health sector and coping with my own mental health in the past, I can assure each and every one of you that there is a positive outcome for anyone who seeks help and speaks out. Other times anxiety takes hold and I'm like a deer caught in the headlights, nearly paralysed by fear of what's coming.

Getting a handle on mental health may also impact another issue the state is facing.

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