Zoella Opens Up About Her Anxiety For World Mental Health Day

A way to combat the stigma

Of course, the hard part is actually starting the mental health conversation. "As far as mental health goes, it's important that companies accommodate for their employees", says Sade Walker, who works as an HR coordinator with Healthfirst.

"Absenteeism costs United Kingdom businesses approximately £2.4 billion per year and with mental health now the number one reason for people to miss work, are companies doing enough to proactively tackle mental health issues head on?"

An initiative launched by Sanctus, business owners have been urged to make a promise that employees can "Bring Your Full Self to Work" - in support of mental health. The Rossy Family Foundation's recent gift to U of T is also helping to provide more localized campus mental-health services.

Unfortunately, however, you may opt to keep your nose to the grindstone instead, not realizing-or wanting to admit-how desperately you need that mental-health day until it's too late. The event is occasioned by World Mental Health Day which takes place today (10 October).

Dr. Salih Ali Al-Marri at the Ministry of Public Health explained the importance of employers engaging in constructive dialogue with employees: "Increasingly there is a realization that any well-functioning society depends on a healthy workforce, and therefore protecting our employees' mental health is fundamental to establishing a cohesive and productive society".

The not-for-profit organisation has teamed up with community group Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) to deliver tailored training and awareness programmes for healthcare communication professionals. "However the fact that many employees in South Africa don't report their depression to their employer due to fear of losing their job, is rather worrying".


Psychiatrists also advocate for the positive effect that mental health days can have on employees. These things can change the world's view of mental health and wellness but for now, it could also help change someone's life and yours as well. So it's perhaps unsurprising that employers lose £2.4bn a year replacing staff affected by mental health issues.

Two thirds want to see additional mental health days added to annual leave allowance for employees to use to prioritise their wellbeing before problems take hold.

Dr Nargis Asad, who works as an associate professor and clinical psychologist at the Aga Khan University's psychiatry department, said it is very unprofessional and insensitive on the part of employers to treat their subordinates this way.

"MSF has worked in mental health contexts for more than 20 years now. Our collaboration with Mind is part of a wider Wellbeing Programme we have developed to deliver a programme of information and activities created to help advance good mental health practices".

The UN health agency cited as risks to mental health inadequate health and safety policies; poor communication and management practices; limited participation in decision-making or low control over one's area of work; low levels of support for employees; inflexible working hours; and unclear tasks or organizational objectives.

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