Mental ill health worse among low earners, study shows

Toni Houston
May 12, 2017

Therefore more understanding and time is needed to work with people on what can get them better, what they can they do and what other services do to help people. With 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 10 children in the United Kingdom having a mental health condition at any given time, rising to 1 in 4 people over the course of their lifetime, it is unarguable that steps must be taken to improve access to mental health support, and tackle stigma around poor mental health. Mental health is an illness like any other physical problem - there is no shame in speaking out and sharing your story. We also need to focus on skills and habits that are essential for supporting ongoing, good mental health. "I'm not sure it's any better on the mental-health side". The hub could be used by police departments seeking training and advice on how to deal with behavioral health issues.

"Milton Keynes Council, with support from intu and the local 5 Ways to Wellbeing partnership has launched a week long exhibition of residents" photographs as part of the finale to its "5 Ways to Wellbeing" campaign at intu this week (8-14 May), The "Take Notice' competition showcases the positive impact that slowing down and taking notice of your surroundings can have on your mental health". She promised new policies to end discrimination against those with mental-health problems, and said that 10,000 more NHS staff would be trained in mental health.

However, it's also important that leaders take care of their own health - Managers can struggle with stresses and anxiety of their own. These components of emotional health aren't fixed or inherent, but can be worked on and improved through self-growth and targeted support.

We believe in a hand up, not a hand out. It's more about the feeling of having people around you, having that support and common love. Send them a "Get well" card in the same way that you would if they were off with back pain or a broken leg for example. In its new report, Poor Mental Health the Society cites research which shows that "reductions in family income, including benefit cuts, are likely to have wide-ranging negative effects on children's mental health".

Everybody goes through hard periods in their life where they will experience overwhelming and painful emotions.


The research, conducted amongst 2,000 van owners and operators, highlighted that nearly one in five van drivers describes their current mental health as poor or very poor, with three-quarters commenting that work is a contributory factor. It has to be about ensuring everyone's right to wellness, and working across all agencies and boundaries to achieve that.

Most primary-care physicians and nurse practitioners, don't ask patients, "How are things with you?"

A recent study quizzing 2,000 Brits on the state of their mental well-being revealed that when it comes to boosting mental health, it's our friends and family that are most likely to help us out. Of course, for most of us this situation is beyond the realm of possibility, but a person who is struggling with a mental health issue is no different.

Self-Harmony at Swindon Mind counsels clients from 16 years of age upwards and people can self refer by downloading a self-referral form on our website, or be referred by their Global Positioning System or other mental health organisation within the borough of Swindon.

I will be doing this series in partnership with Louise Bradley, the President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), which led the creation of Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy of Canada, and is at the forefront of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

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