World Mental Health Day
What is World Mental Health Day?
World Mental Health Day is the opportunity to bring attention to mental health across the world. It is the chance to start conversations, identify the help available and highlight ways to look after mental health. The treatment of mental health should be at the same standard of physical help, this includes the availability of help, the way in which referrals are processed, and focussed on methods of prevention.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) established World Mental Health Day, which is held on the 10th of October every year. The theme for 2023 is TBC.
World Mental Health Day and Employment
Every year one in four adults will experience a mental health issue, and this is likely to affect their ability to work and maintain relationships. The workplace can play a big part in how people with mental health issues are supported and getting the treatment they need to improve their mental health. Employers can:
- Train mental health first aiders, which provides opportunity for people to talk about what they are experiencing
- Instil confidence in employees by starting conversations and reassuring confidentiality
- Provide mental health awareness training for all employees
- Put clear practices in place, including routes to support