From 2018-2019, the total of working days lost due to depression, anxiety, and work-related stress was 2.8 million. Sometimes in the hectic hustle and bustle of reality and everyday life, we forget to take a step back and breathe. Taking care of our minds is, and should always be a priority, and is often forgotten or pushed to one side simply because we are too busy, or we aren’t quite ready to face these issues and ask for help. So how can we do our bit as a community?
It is vocalised through charities, campaigners, professional health workers and mental health spokespeople that we must always listen, take notice. More than a quarter (28%) of UK workers said they would be uncomfortable speaking with their employers about their mental health issues. The “Time to talk” campaign Isn’t just the notion that someone suffering must speak up. It’s the belief that we must all start being vocal about these issues’ and struggles, so mental health is vocalised and unsilenced- so that people struggling and staying quiet feel more comfortable to seek help.
Mental health struggle is common in both genders, but sadly in men, more so. Research shows that men seem to be more sensitive to certain stressors in their environment compared to women, such as those related to work and finances. In a recent UK study by Men’s Health Magazine, 44% of men said they’d struggled with anxiety at work. Men are also three times more likely to die by suicide, than women.
“Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself. Your attitude to mental health could change someone’s life.”
– Time to change org.
Talk today, it could save a life.