Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Expert comment - Mental health in the United Kingdom workplace, is enough being done?

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Adrian Cunningham | 16 May, 2018, 10:37

The number of referrals by schools seeking mental health treatment for troubled pupils has shot up by over a third in the last three years, the NSPCC reveals today.

Data obtained by children's charity the NSPCC shows that schools in England have made a total of 123,713 referrals for specialist help since 2014-15.

They said: "As a trust, we have developed our referral processes to make it easy and simple for schools and other professionals to refer to our specialist children's services".

NSPCC policy officer Alana Ryan told the Guardian: "It is worrying there are so many children being deemed as needing some kind of mental health support and whether or not that is mental health support that meets the clinical support threshold, it's still a need".

The numbers broke the thousand mark this year, with 1,239 children referred to mental health services.

Public awareness campaigns to support more effective intervention and the responsible reporting of suicide in print, broadcast, internet and on social media can reduce stigma about mental health issues and encourage people to seek help. "We need to be able to have that conversation and make sure that we're raising a well child who is going to become a resilient adult", said Brown who noted that if parents start to see warning signs, they should talk to their pediatrician. A study called Stress: Are we coping? looked into whether or not people in the United Kingdom were handling stress well and the answering was a resounding no.

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Her comments came as it was revealed that 74 per cent of adults have in the previous year been so stressed they felt unable to cope. "Stress is not a mental health problem in itself - it is an adaptation to the situation we find ourselves in". She said Apex was a school-based mental health program funded by the state.

Meanwhile, in separate research also published today by Business in the Community, the majority (84 per cent) of managers acknowledged that employee wellbeing was their responsibility, but less than a quarter (24 per cent) said they had received any training on the matter.

Running between May 14 - May 20, this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is set to focus on stress, an issue which affects many young people every day.

"In the next 12 months, let us not be in denial about the increase of depression, anxiety and stress on the Isle of Wight, let us move away from blame, but let us celebrate and unlock the amount of kindness on our Island in tackling this issue together and finally change needed services from being the worst to the best". Frontline healthcare staff in the NHS, particularly those supporting clinical staff, ambulance staff and nurses have the highest absence rates.

A spokesperson from the Mental Health Foundation said: "Governments across the United Kingdom should introduce a minimum of two 'mental health days" for every public sector worker.

"The experience of stress over a long period of time can easily lead to more serious and mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression".