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Tom Oxley director of Bamboo Mental Health speaks to businesses at a training session on mental health in the workplace at Open in Norwich

$52.6 million funding to beyondblue, which will partner with headspace and Early Childhood Australia to provide tools for teachers to support kids with mental health concerns and provide resources to help students deal with challenges.

The new leave helps in letting the employees stay productive while taking care of their mental health, the company said.

"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. For some people with physical or mental health conditions or disabilities, a lack of the right support from employers can make finding and keeping a meaningful job hard, while for many people who are unemployed, navigating the current welfare system to find work, claim benefits, or seek suitable support can be an extremely negative experience.

Although it's encouraging to see that attitudes towards mental health are shifting and that employers recognise their responsibilities regarding wellbeing in the workplace, this report demonstrates that we need to do more to translate this awareness into action.

The Foundation have published a guide (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-support-mental-health-work) and are calling on people to use it to make their workplaces more "mentally friendly".

The study also approached managers and employers to assess their view of mental health in the workplace in contrast to the views of their employees.

Michelle Gant director of The Engaging People Company and Tom Oxley director of Bamboo Mental Health speak to businesses at a training session on mental health in the workplace at Open in Norwich
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Where to go to find help? World Health Organization forecasts that the prevalence of depression, as one of the more prominent mental illnesses, will increase.

And Alistair Burns, national clinical director for Dementia at NHS England, added: "Depression and anxiety affect almost eight million people over 55, but can often go unnoticed and untreated". This includes being bitten, strangled, headbutted and others, according to a survey of over a thousand mental health workers who described their personal experiences to Unison, one of the United Kindgom's biggest trade unions.

"Workplaces have the potential to impact on people's mental health both positively and negatively".

"However, many older people still feel there is a stigma attached to talking about depression and we need to persuade more people that opening up and talking about their mental health issues is not a sign of weakness", she continued. As a result, to date over 206,000 people in England have Mental Health First Aid skills.

Today is World Mental Health Day with a focus on workplace wellbeing as work can be a key part of our social identity and good for our physical and mental health.

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