Alarmingly, 1 in 6 adults will experience depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress at any one time – with 1 in 15 having made a suicide attempt at some point in their life.
With these figures fresh in our minds, we will be actively sharing posts to help raise the profile of Mental Health Awareness Week (14th to 20th May 2018); which this year is focusing on stress in the workplace, and what workers and employers can do to reduce it.
Here at Newcastle Premier Health, our aim is for every workplace to be a place which encourages good mental health, allowing and encouraging workers to speak up and be heard.
We all experience stress from time-to-time and it can often be associated with work; from dealing with challenging colleagues to meeting stretched targets and deadlines. We all have our own way of handling stress, and it is fair to say that some of us are better than others.
For some of us, stress can escalate into a sustained period of worry, sleeplessness, headaches and a constant feeling of dread – becoming detrimental to mental and physical health. This kind of stress can be a living nightmare and will make coming into your workplace a misery.
Over 11 million days are lost at work every year due to stress – interestingly, the Independent report that Millennials (those aged between 18 and 38) feel the pressures of work more than their elders.
There are many things that employers can do to combat stress in the workplace; a good starting point is to get people talking about their own mental health. Kerry Reay, Senior Mental Health Nurse at Newcastle Premier Health said “It is great to see that more and more people are opening up about their own mental health. For too long, mental health has been a subject that people shy from as they feared ridicule – which isn’t the case.”
“I always encourage senior figures in the workplace to talk about their own experiences with mental health, this sends a strong signal to other members of the workforce.”
Newcastle Premier Health are pleased to announce that we now offer a mental health service for self-referrals. Our experienced team host a wealth of knowledge and experience – gained from many years working in the NHS and Private Sector. The highly skilled team consists of a Consultant Psychiatrist and a Senior Mental Health Nurse.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week; the team at Newcastle Premier Health are offering FREE 15-minute phone consultations and will explain the treatment options which are available in greater detail – including medications, talking therapy, CPN (Community Psychiatric Nurse) support and rTMS (repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).
We are also offering individuals the opportunity to join small groups for a meditation session – with advice and guidance on the best ways to reduce stress levels.
Call us on 0191 605 3140 to arrange your FREE consultation and to register your interest for our group meditation session.
Sources: mentalhealth.org.uk, independent.co.uk, huffingtonpost.co.uk and mhfaengland.org