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10 October 2018

Today marks World Mental Health Day and this week is Mental Health Awareness Week in New Zealand.

"The more we talk about it, just like we did with breast cancer, the more normal it becomes and the more normal it becomes, the more people will come forward and speak about it", she said.

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for us all to raise awareness of mental health in workplaces across the country and to recommit our focus to ensuring mental health continues to be a priority in every workplace.

Local churches have already flagged up World Mental Health Day on Sunday.

Under the plans, the Government will publish a "State of the Nation" report every year highlighting trends in young people's mental well-being.

"Mental health is the foundation of human capability that makes each life worthwhile and meaningful". For many, these are exciting times. They were stressed about work, anxious about paying their bills that month and being able to provide for their families. The majority of chronic and recurrent psychiatric problems which are faced by adults have their roots in adolescence.

The age of onset for many disorders, mainly depression, was going down.

The UN body also said that in the "turbocharged" transition from childhood to adulthood these days, many young people are inevitably exposed to alcohol, tobacco, drugs and other negative influences. However, young people have been shown to access support when they know it's available - Employee Assistance Programmes can often have a high usage rate among the young; especially relevant to new recruits to help them transition from tertiary education into the start of their working lives and careers, GRiD said.

For too many, lack of first-hand knowledge about mental illness coupled with inadequate support in coping with it is overwhelming.

Schizophrenia is estimated to affect 23 million people, and bipolar disorder around 60 million. More affordable treatment options are required, along with affordable rehabilitation centers like the National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation (NIMHR) which received cabinet approval earlier.

England, one in three employees in the United Kingdom have been formally diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point.

According to World Health Organization, half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. Adding to this is the resistance of patients and families to take medication for mental health conditions. This conference will show where employers and employees can go to get advice and support.

"Most of them indeed are, but much less so than we used to think".

"At the end of the day, we want to open conversations and equip other people in the community". But this government has come nowhere near the scale of ambition we need for improving our mental health across the United Kingdom, especially in the workforce.

Juliet Hassard, Assistant Professor in Occupational Health Psychology at the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, said: "The campaign and associated toolkit provides a wealth of evidence-based resources and advice, which can be used by anyone and everyone to begin the process of enhancing their own mental health and overall wellbeing".

Start caring for your mental health