The focus of World Health Day 2017 is “Depression: let’s talk” this recognises that depression is a treatable condition and seeks to address the fact that, despite this, about 50% of cases of major depression still go untreated.
Recent statistics show that in the UK, one in four people are likely to experience a mental health issue at some point in their lifetime, with one in six people at any one time experiencing mental health issues. Add to this that mental ill-health costs employers an estimated £26 billion a year, an average £1,000 per employee per year, and you realise the importance of this issue.
For this reason, THSP Risk Management take mental health issues serious and their Health and Safety Director, Chris Ivey, attended a two-day course provided by Mental Health First Aid along with 18 other delegates who work across the construction industry.
Mental Health First Aid is intended, in the same way as we learn physical first aid, it teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.
Chris Ivey states “this course reiterated a lot of concerns regarding how mental ill-health is addressed in the workplace and throughout the construction industry and reinforced why mental health first aid is so important.”
He added “it won’t enable me to diagnose or treat mental health illness, however it will help me to recognise the signs and symptoms and I now feel more confident to approach, assess and assist someone who is experiencing a mental health issue.”
THSP fully back and understand the importance of mental health awareness. Going forward organisations need to have a greater understanding of mental health issues and work with their employees to tackle any issues early on, with the hope that this reduces the impact and helps assist in the best possible way. This video helps show you what it is like to live with depression.