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This week marks the eighteenth Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. Starting in 2001 by the Mental Health Foundation, this year focuses on body image. Following the hashtag on social media #BeBodyKind and also those wearing green ribbons, there are multiple ways of raising awareness to this throughout the week and beyond.
Wearing a green ribbon or spotting somebody wearing this, is the international symbol of support for mental health awareness. The Mental Health Foundation has been around for 70 years. In studies they have found:
Mental health charity, MIND, found 30% of self-reported work-related illnesses within transport and logistics stemmed as a result of stress, depression and/or anxiety. As this sector is predominantly men, it is important to break the stigma and be open about mental health. This is because studies have found that men are less likely to be open. In 2017, it was found that 75% of suicides in the UK were carried out by men.
Mental health can affect anybody. If symptoms or feelings of poor mental health arise, it is best to seek professional help. However, to help reduce and take care of your mental health, here are a few steps that can help you control and look after your wellbeing:
At Kinaxia we have a 24-hour Employee Assistance Programme helpline in-line with our benefits system to help give an immediate source of information on a range of issues.
Helpline: http://www.employeecare.com 0800 030 5182
Get in touch and one of our experts will be glad to assist you as soon as we can.