Today, 10th October is World Mental Health Day.

Organised by the World Health Organization (WHO) and observed every year on this day, it aims to raise awareness of mental health issues, promote good mental health and encourage better support for those affected.

This year's theme is Mental Health in the Workplace; in a statement, the WHO says, "During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing.

"Employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work."

Attitudes in the workplace are slowly changing in the UK, but not fast enough. According to Business in the Community's new report Mental Health at Work, UK employers are showing a "significant improvement in attitudes towards mental health in the workplace" with "over four in five (84%) employers acknowledging that they have a responsibility towards their employees' mental wellbeing"; however "less than a quarter (24%) of managers have received any training in mental health."

The report also finds that there is still a "culture of silence" with 75% of people affected "choosing not to involve anyone at work." Employees fear they may face disciplinary action, demotion or dismissal if they talk about their mental health issues to their employer.

The WHO says, "Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work, and to work productively"; on a global scale they estimate that more than 300 million people suffer from depression, more than 260 million live with anxiety disorders, and many of these people live with both.

How the Wellbeing Programme can help

The Wellbeing Programme offers therapy through nature for anyone experiencing mental health issues such as persistent low mood, depression, anxiety or long-term mental or physical health conditions. Participants get involved in conservation work, wildlife walks and nature-based crafts which are designed to help with their recovery. Groups are run in Swindon and Wiltshire - if you feel you would benefit from join the programme or know someone who might benefit, do get in touch with us on 01380 736098 or email Wellbeing

Did you know that if you text 07725 909090 when you are feeling really depressed, a crisis counsellor will text with you? Many people don't like talking on the phone & find it difficult to open up to friends and family. Some people would be more comfortable texting. It's a service run by Samaritans.
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