Mental health like sexuality or gender is fluid and on a spectrum there will be times where you will feel more anxious than others for example when you have a job interview or the stock you invested in drops in market value. In India 1 in every 20 people suffer from depression. This is important because if someone is struggling to manage their income, they are likely to not only experience stress and anxiety but also sleep loss, causing them to want to eat unhealthily because they feel exhausted. There must not be any discrimination. We call this social contact and it is absolutely key to changing attitudes and encouraging mutual understanding and respect.
With 14,000 self-reported cases and 400,000 working days lost annually - according to the Health and Safety Executive - it's in the interest of everyone to establish a way forward. "You cannot see the problem from the outside but he may be having severe stress", Lee said, adding that such problems could be referred privately to the committee which could then get the employers to refer the cases for counselling.
World Mental Health Day will also be marked with a tea and talk event at Central England Co-op's business support centre in Lichfield.
Its member Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, in a statement, said it was time for the government to set forth an index for the evaluation of mental health development and psychosocial issues faced by Malaysians.
"What is usually discussed in the committee is related to, for instance, a lack of attention on workers in the workplace".
Another employer taking effective action in the sector is Skanska, which has multiple structures in place to address the problem from the top down. It is more focused on the physical and safety aspect. An global first, championed by the MHCC, the Standard is a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources that is reshaping how employers approach safeguarding the psychological health of their employees. "It's a great feeling to know we're making positive headway combating the stigma of talking about mental health".
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For those with mental health conditions, returning to work following an absence or periods of being unwell was necessary and beneficial for their own wellbeing.
"The importance of raising awareness and encouraging open, honest conversations about mental health in the workplace can not be understated", said Legal & General chief executive Nigel Wilson, who is holding a mental health forum next week.
"The stigma associated with mental health is still such a present-day reality, and for it to change leaders and managers must see themselves as drivers of change".
"Hence workplace issues often become a major contributor to stress".
But while the number of those affected who are willing to speak up is on the rise, there is still a disconnect in terms of how mental wellbeing is handled by employers.
Statistics compiled from the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH).