A health and wellbeing subject we haven’t looked at before, Mental Health. Many people are still reluctant to talk about mental health issues despite national and local radio and TV campaigns designed to raise awareness and understanding. So what do your learners think?

Some ice breakers:

  • What do you think about the subject of “Mental Health”
  • Is mental health still a taboo subject at work or at home?
  • Do you know anyone with mental health issues?

 

And a news summary:

Employers need to do more to overcome mental health stigma at work
http://www.theguardian.com/careers/employers-overcome-mental-health-stigma-work
Whether they are applying for a new job or in long-term employment, people experiencing mental health difficulties are highly likely to encounter stigma and discrimination if they are open about having a diagnosis. Despite mental health problems being common, workplaces can be extremely unaccommodating.

Duchess of Cambridge releases video urging emotional support for children
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35520019
The National Association of Head Teachers says with a fifth of children having a mental health problem before age 11, it is a key concern.

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/category/blog/stigma-and-discrimination
“Rebecca – January 18th 2016” – You miss work or school because you need a mental health day and people will ask you what was wrong and you’ll lie about it. For a moment you’ll hesitate, maybe tell the truth – but then, before you know what you’re doing, you’re lying and saying that you just had a migraine. You didn’t have a migraine. It’s then that you realise that you’re ashamed of your mental illness, embarrassed even, and you don’t know why. Maybe, it’s because mental illnesses are so often invalidated, deemed as unreal and ‘all in your head’ (where else is it supposed to be?).

Is there sufficient support for employees with Mental Health issues at work?
http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/your-stories/?sni=10238
Why management needs mental health training
Krishna blogs about the importance of mental health training for employers.
Support from my manager made all the difference
Lorna blogs about how her line manager was able to support her with her mental health at work.

Yes it’s seems still a taboo subject, so how comfortable do you feel talking about mental health?

Maybe a bit more challenging this month so good luck and I hope you all stay warm and safe.