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Mental health problems at work are common. Right now 1 in 6 of us is dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress.

You might not be talking about it, because mental health is still a taboo subject. And many people feel scared and confused about confronting the issue at work. But there are small, simple steps you can take to look after yourself and make your workplace mentally healthier.
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The Stigma attached to mental health

The stigma attached to mental health issues is very prevalent in today’s society, and more so in the workplace, employees feel comfortable with illness if its the flu or vomiting, or migraine, but when it comes to mental health issues, people are more inclined to keep quite about it, as they don’t want to be seen as mentally ill, in any way. According to an article in times online a survey was carried out by a national charity, ‘Shaw Trust’ on thousand people and it found that “18.3% would not reveal a condition to their HR dept, and only 17.9% would reveal an illness to a colleague”.

This is quite a low figure, which clearly shows the stigma attached to Depression and mental illness, from mild to severe. This is mainly due to it being perceived as a weakness, and in our current climate, of redundancies, and business closures, employees don’t want to be seen as weak, in case managers may see this as a flaw and therefore think you are unable to carry out your job as normal.

This of course is not the case, and with the help of Counselling a talking therapy, people can learn to use resources within themselves, they once used, but for one reason or another, they have forgotten how to, and so with the aid of the counsellor, these can be accessed once again and used in the clients life, to help them feel more fulfilled again. Depression is a life stopping experience, and can be a very lonely, dark place, with the help of a counsellor, you go through all these feelings together, and move forward to a brighter place once again.

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