Mental health and diabetes care services 'must be improved'

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'U OK M8?' is an initiative from LADbible in partnership with a range of mental health charities which features a series of films and stories to raise awareness of mental health.

Societally we might think we're "clued up" on mental health, but when surveyed by YouGov on behalf of RCPsych, a quarter of the public were unaware that addiction to opioids is more deadly than cervical cancer, and just 42% realise that it takes a psychiatrist to diagnose bipolar disorder. The report also found that 300,000 people with a long-term mental health problem lose their jobs each year and around 15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition.

Last week Parliament's education and health select committees released a highly critical report on the government's "unambitious" children and young people's mental health Green Paper.

"Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems including anxiety and depression".

We need to understand and learn from people's experiences of mental health at work, so that we can build more inclusive and supportive workplaces.

"Our awards provide a unique chance to recognise the organisations and individuals that are helping to lead the discussion and eliminate stigma often associated with mental wellbeing in the workplace".

Paul continued, "Workers in this region were most likely to say that improving the office culture around mental health was the change that their organisation could make if they wanted to better support employee mental health".

In recent years, we've seen widespread global progress on the road to eliminating stigma, yet mental health statistics show that something is still holding us back from talking about the issue comfortably.

Many of us don't know how to respond to people when they bring up their mental illness.

Pirate FM is asking for an extra minute of your time for mental health.

Rachel Suff, senior employment relations adviser at CIPD, said: "We're seeing a significant increase in the number of reported mental health issues among employees in United Kingdom organisations".

Thousands took part in the 2016 and 2017 surveys and we need your help to make 2018 the biggest yet.

The overwhelming majority employers in this sector want to help support their people, but many do not know how to best support employees with these challenges (52%).

Unfortunately, for those who are able to come forward and seek support, there is still progress to be made in the services available.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust's (NSFT) mental health liaison service, based as the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, has increased its staffing from 13 to nearly 30.

The broadcast, which is created to encourage more people to talk openly about their mental health, includes The Duke of Cambridge saying: "Just starting a conversation on mental health can make all the difference, when you talk about something you have less reason to fear it".

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