Universities must do more to support students' mental health

Posted October 10, 2017

"She said this is made up of "£1bn cost to the NHS, over £2.5bn in lost economic activity and almost £3.5bn in the loss of quality of life for those experiencing mental health problems". According to new polling by the Huffington Post, a third of young people aged 18-24 say that they have had a mental health problem over the previous year, while the recent Millennium Cohort Survey suggested that nearly a quarter of girls and one in ten boys show signs of depression at the age of 14.

Leilani Maraku, Mana o te Tangata Trust's manager, said the group's members had sought support from mental health and addiction services and it was incredible to see how far they had come.

As well as having opportunities to connect with other people, more than a third (35%) felt that talking therapy such as counselling would best help older people with anxiety and depression.

Unfortunately, this doesn't surprise me. It aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health so that employees feel more comfortable talking about their feelings. If someone is sick with influenza we say "they have flu", never "they are flu". Or is it because HR professionals, managers and work colleagues do not have the confidence or knowhow to address the issue in the same way they would if it were a broken leg.

Chronic stress stemming from the workplace can lead to mental health disorders, but they often stay untreated because of the social stigma attached to it, causing damage to an individual's health and career, health experts have warned.

If this year's research teaches us anything, it's that record investment in disjointed, tactical wellbeing initiatives are failing to deliver. The theme of the World Mental Health Day this year was - Mental Health in work Place, said Indian Psychiatrists Society state president Vishal Indla. The more we talk about mental health and wellbeing, the more normalised the subject will become. This programme included a stress management course and also involved adjusting job demands, developing an inclusive and supportive culture, and reducing the stigmatization of employees with mental health issues. This is what it feels like for most people who have a mental health concern. This year's World Mental Health Day will contribute to taking mental health out of the shadows in the work place so that people and companies have the tools to help employees and increase the overall mental wellbeing of their workforce. It's important we identify mental health issues among victims, suspects and offenders at an early stage, so the right support is provided throughout the criminal justice process.

MENTAL health counsellors are urging Kiwis to get an emotional health "warrant of fitness" during Mental Health Awareness Week (October 9-15).

That's why employers around the globe are turning to the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.