Take part in the National Mental Health at Work Survey 2018

Take part in the National Mental Health at Work Survey 2018

Take part in the National Mental Health at Work Survey 2018

That's why Mental Health First Aid England has launched the Address Your Stress toolkit, a free practical resource to help employers and employees identify the sources and signs of stress and take steps to help reduce the impact. Elaine Ducharme visited the show to discuss the history of mental illness and what we can do to improve our overall health.

"Stress is caused by so many things in our lives, things like debt, housing problems - sometimes it's about our own pressure we put on ourselves, whether it's pressure to do well in our education, or pressure to look good, or pressure at work, so there's lots of factors that give us stress in our lives".

Siobhan Kenny, Chief Executive at Radiocentre, said: "Radio is coming together in a United Kingdom first today to shine a light on the important issue of mental health". Generally, around one in four people in Scotland are estimated to be affected by mental illness in any one year, so even if you personally don't experience a problem, it is inevitable that someone close to you will.

Thousands took part in the 2016 and 2017 surveys and we need your help to make 2018 the biggest yet. It's a simple action which can help people find the right support early on, which we know helps to prevent problems from worsening.

The month also focuses on strategies for attaining mental health and wellness, as well as reducing the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

"Waiting lists and services, sadly, aren't always as quick as you'd like them to be but there's always loads of help online and loads of people who want to listen".

A strong workforce is at the centre of our plans so we are investing to provide 800 additional mental health workers in key locations such as A&E departments, GP practices, police stations and prisons.

59% say their organisation has a supportive framework in place to recruit employees with mental health issues and 60% to retain people with a disability or long-term health condition.

In the minute-message, the Duke of Cambridge said: "Just starting a conversation on mental health can make all the difference, when you talk about something you have less reason to fear it".

All of this work is underpinned by a significant financial commitment of £150 million over five years. This poignant moment of reflection, a first in United Kingdom radio, is a wonderful opportunity to help us improve how we support each other emotionally.

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