Survey points to growing awareness of mental health

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A new survey examines the role of mental health in the workplace, and the results show that millennials and those part of Generation Z have left jobs for mental health reasons.

Almost a third (31%) of professionals said that they feel anxious about key aspects of their jobs, such as neglecting personal relationships because of work, the potential of being fired (28.9%), asking for time off to look after children (25.6%), or their boss (18.8%).

The "Mental Health at Work: 2019 Report" also shows that mental health can affect productivity at work.

"HBO has always been at the forefront of telling stories featuring complex characters, some of whom deal with mental illness, from The Sopranos to Euphoria, encouraging more conversation around the different facets of mental health", says HBO's Vice President of Brand & Product Marketing, Jason Mulderig.

Some hospitality groups have made more efforts to make their businesses a safe space for employees who might need support.

The Alliance for Mental Health and Development, a group of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in mental health, has called on government to decriminalize the law on suicide attempts and channel resources towards its prevention.

HBO Comedy programming is a big part of the initiative. This project is conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Health, concluded the statement.

But the new CV Library survey shows that, across the industry, many workers still feel they can't speak up. Indeed's research, carried out to coincide with yesterday's World Mental Health Day found just how common mental health issues are - but how workers of all ages are more likely than not to tell someone at work about their problems.

This may point to a generational gap in how mental illness is viewed.

It further called on government to resource and empower the state agencies and service providers, particularly the Mental Health Authority of Ghana, Ghana Health Service and the Department of Social Welfare among others to make comprehensive psychological support available at all levels of the health system and in educational institutions for people who might have the tendency to attempt suicide.

Biggins advises staffers to confront their employers if they are struggling, "as they may be able to help out more than you think".

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