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Are you doing enough for your wellbeing?

Mental Health

8:09am 8th May 2017

It's Mental Health Awareness Week and we're being asked whether we are doing enough to improve our wellbeing.

The theme this year is SURVIVING OR THRIVING?

A number of mental health charities across Dorset are gathering at Bournemouth Railway Station this morning to mark South West Trains public promise to take the issue seriously.

The rail company signed up to TIME TO CHANGE back in March.

Mental health problems are all too common in the workplace and it is the leading cause of sickness absence. A staggering 70 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year.

Mark Rowland, the Director of Fundraising and Communications at the Mental Health Foundation said,

"Now in its 17th year, we have previously focused on how mindfulness, anxiety, sleep deprivation and exercise can impact our mental health. This year our theme is Surviving or

Thriving? Too many of us accept that experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety are the price we pay to keep our lives on track.

Working hours blur into leisure time and the rise of social media changes the way we interact with friends, families and our communities.

During the week we will be celebrating good mental health as an asset that helps us to thrive. This is not just the absence of a mental health problem, but having the ability to think, feel and act in a way that allows us to enjoy life and deal with its challenges.

Raising awareness is vital for changing the way people think about mental health and events like yours help us reach more people than we ever could alone.

Fundraising at your event will help us make an even bigger impact on everyone’s mental health. Your gift will allow us to continue conducting vital research into how people can live mentally healthier lives and ensure everyone is aware of the simple steps they can take to enhance and protect their mental health every day."

Doctor Andy Mayers is the patron of local mental health charity - Dorset MIND - he says we need to be more open.

"If we can raise awareness we make it ok to talk about these things and people are more likely to get the help they need. Its reducing that stigma."

"Mental health is something that we can take every bit as seriously as physical health. Talk to your friends and family or talk to us and we will be there to give you support."

 

 

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