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GMB Marks World Mental Health Day

Monday, October 10, 2016

GMB Young Members Mark World Mental Health Day With New Call On Employers

Employers must be proactive in showing mental health matters says GMB in new guidelines as report shows 33% of young people feeling worried about their mental health.

GMB, Britain's general union, has marked World Mental Health Day today by releasing guidelines on how to deal with mental health issues in the workplace. GMB Young members are also encouraging supporters to add a #mentalhealthmatters ribbon to their social media profiles to raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace.

World Mental Health Day is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to promote global mental health education and awareness. GMB warned that the existing regulatory framework around occupational mental health was woefully inadequate and a key factor in workers being absent from the workplace due to mental health.

A Young Women’s Trust report, 'No Country for Young Women', last month reported 33% of young people feeling worried about their mental health – 29% of young men and 38% of young women (Young Women's Trust/ Populus). The report also found over a quarter (28%) of working young people worried about not having enough paid hours and almost two in five (38%) worried about their job security.

Beccie Ions, GMB Young Members secretary, said:

"GMB is campaigning to show that mental health matters in the workplace as much as anywhere. One in six people experience a mental health issue at work - and due to increased pressures in the work place and cuts to funding for mental health services the challenges have become more acute. Stigma still dominates how we see mental health at work just as it does in wider society."

“We want to increase understanding of mental health and encourage employers to put into practice workplace policies to tackle stigma, provide support and improve their workers' wellbeing. On World Mental Health Day of all days we must not forget the positive difference a proactive and supportive approach from employers can make."

“GMB will continue fight against mental health services cuts so that people get the support they need. Until we change the way mental health is treated in wider society then it will continue to have a major impact, including on young workers feeling the strain. Let's see a proactive rather than reactive approach - and show that mental health matters.”

Click here to add a #MentalHealthMatters twibbon to your social media page.

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Contact: Beccie Ions on 07876358470 or GMB press office on press.office@gmb.org.uk or 07958 156846

Notes to editors

1 GMB Mental Health @Work guidelines

http://www.gmb.org.uk/assets/media/GMB%20H&S%20Mental%20Health.pdf

2 GMB Young Members #mentalhealthmatters Ribbon

http://twibbon.com/support/gmb-ym-mentalhealthmatters-2

3 “33% of young people feeling worried about their mental health”

No Country for Young Women (Young Women’s Trust/Populous).

http://www.youngwomenstrust.org/assets/0000/4258/No_country_for_young_women__final_report.pdf

4  “One in six people experience a mental health issue at work”

Mental Health at Work (MIND)

http://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-yourself/

Common mental health problems at work (Sainsbury centre for mental health)

http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/Downloads/DVD-Documents/Recovery/BOHRF_common_mental_health_problems_at_work.pdf

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Additional Resources

GMB Mental Health Guide

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GMB guide to mental health in the workplace