Mental Health in the Workplace conference takes place at County Hall, Maidstone

Mental Health in the Workplace conference takes place at County Hall, Maidstone

Around 75% of cases of mental illness start before a child reaches their 18th birthday, while 50% of mental health problems in adults, aside from dementia, take root before the age of 15.

In similar vein, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki in commemoration of the day in Benin decried the attitude of many societies towards people having mental health problems and called for a change.

Xero is one company that is taking the importance of mental health seriously.

As Nepal carries out its first National Mental Health Survey, some 2.2 million Nepalis, aged between 16 - 40 years, are estimated to suffer from mental health issues and the cases are rising among children, psychiatrists have warned. Whilst individually people report difficulties accessing the right services and long waiting lists (which vary massively from area to area) the Government's own spending watchdog warns of a ticking timebomb.

SANE Australia deputy chief executive Michelle Blanchard says that while huge inroads have been made at destigmatising mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and to some extent, suicide, significant stigma remains attached to the more complex mental health illnesses such as schizophrenia and personality disorders - and this needs to change.

Many of us believe that we could make our workplace a healthier, more compassionate and richer place to be.

Those wanting to help raise awareness of mental health issues can choose to wear a green ribbon, seen as the worldwide symbol for this movement.

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"Historically, everywhere in the world, it would seem, mental health has always been underfunded". Results from our Workplace Wellbeing Index show that 48 per cent of employees have experienced a mental health problem at their current job.

"If we are not tackling mental health problems early, then we risk failing the next generation right at the start of their lives".

STAFF from Changing Minds came in to talk with Newport County under 18s about mental health and wellbeing in the lead up to World Mental Health Day. Xero is working with organisations including beyondblue in Australia and the Samaritans in the United Kingdom to support mental health causes in each region - for our own people and for our small business customers. It can include a clinical assessment by mental health specialists, diagnosis, counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy as well as other specialist help.

Although Marisa was not bullied on the internet, she says it was a common occurrence in her peer group.

Regulatory, said: "World Mental Health Day is a timely reminder to raise awareness and initiate conversations to improve mental wellbeing in the communities we serve". In Africa, nearly three out of four countries spend less than 1% of their health budget on mental health, the World Health Organisation's 2015 Mental Health Atlas shows.

There are many things that can be done to support good mental health. However, there is now a bigger focus on prevention and rehabilitation - with a much greater emphasis on emotional support, adding more value to a company and its employees.

New research commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation shows that more than one in 10 children aged between 10 and 15 say they have no-one to talk to or wouldn't talk to anyone in school if they feel anxious or sad.

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