To improve mental health, politicians must start with the benefits system

Posted May 12, 2017

Research conducted by Mercedes-Benz Vans UK of 2,000 van owners found that 16.4 per cent of respondents considered their mental health to be poor or very poor.

The Conservative leader also pledged to reform the Equality Act to protect people with mental health conditions from being discriminated against at work, and vowed to hire 10,000 more staff for NHS mental health services by 2020. By example, after an argument with a friend, using self-reflection might help you consider the reasons behind your friend's feelings, how you might have responded differently and what actions you could take to rectify the situation. According to figures from XpertHR, the median number of employees per HR practitioner was 62.5 in 2016.

Self-Harmony at Swindon Mind counsels clients from 16 years of age upwards and people can self refer by downloading a self-referral form on our website, or be referred by their Global Positioning System or other mental health organisation within the borough of Swindon.

Awareness is a key issue and one that is being addressed well within public health at present, including the fantastic Mental Health Awareness Week. Our children's generation can become the first to have universal access to treatment for mental health conditions.

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NAMI Brazos Valley supports individuals living with mental illness, the people who care about them, and the mental health and wellbeing of the community through support, education and advocacy. Many of us, myself included, like to pretend to everyone that we are fine, but people do want to listen and help, both personally and professionally. No issue is too big or too small and everything effects everyone in different ways, it's what makes us all individually unique.

Children and young people harm for a number of reasons and are expressing distress, which they can not express verbally. Treat mental health just as health; applying common sense and compassion will always be a good guide. She is a certified social worker, family therapist and psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner with more than 30 years of experience in the development, design and delivery of mental health policy and services.

By harnessing young people's experiences and views, decision-makers can now gain deeper understanding of mental health issues in their area and new insights about effective solutions.

Mental Health and suicide prevention campaigners Jonny Benjamin MBE, Neil Laybourn and Telegraph Journalist, Bryony Gordon will be joining walkers. Are you thinking about reaching out for professional help? They don't want to talk about it.

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"Mental illness impacts many families, with major depression being a leading cause of disability throughout the country", said Becky Tresnicky, LCSW, Director of Valley Baptist Behavioral Health Services.

If you feel that anxiety or depression is overwhelming, or if you are having suicidal thoughts, talk to someone and seek urgent medical advice. "We have made great strides in the health of our bodies, we now need to achieve the same for the health of our minds".

If you, or anyone you know, are struggling with your mental health, there are people that can help. A simple initial friendly approach by a line manager ("How are things going?" or "Anything I can help you with?"), just a smile in what may seem a hostile world, may mean that the individual does not feel the need to go off sick or returns more quickly from sickness absence. How are things now compared to six months ago? Research suggests that rumination predicts poor mental health, particularly depression, whereas constructive self-reflection has positive impacts on mental health. That said, as much as people understand mental illness, we still have a long way to go when it comes to actually allowing for mental illness. We need to offer empathy.

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