Expert comment - Mental health in the United Kingdom workplace, is enough being done?

Expert comment - Mental health in the United Kingdom workplace, is enough being done?

In 2016, 307 Lincolnshire pupils were referred to the specialist service.

The number of referrals since 2014 who were not eligible for treatment at the trust was 443 and the total not eligible in each year has increased - there were 62 cases in 2014/15 and 204 in 2017/2018.

'We know we need to do more which is why we have extended our schools and NHS link pilot to deliver training in 20 more areas of the country this year.

The number of primary school pupil referrals has been slammed by Labour county councillor Danielle Stone as 'absolutely horrifying'.

Mental Health Awareness Week - spearheaded by the Mental Health Foundation - runs from today until Sunday.

The NSPCC warned increased demand for services was placing the system under pressure and jeopardising the well-being of thousands of children.

In nearly a third of all referrals for which data was available, the child in question was denied specialist CAMHS treatment.

Alison Kerry from Mind said: "Hollyoaks have created an incredibly powerful film as part of their groundbreaking #DontFilterFeelings campaign and to mark Mental Health Awareness week".

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More than half of the referrals came from primary schools, where children are under the age of 11, the figures showed.

The NSPCC said some young people had told Childline that they only received specialist support when they reached crisis point, and have even asked Childline counsellors to act on their behalf to get help quicker.

It has called for more funding for its Childline service to help relieve some of the pressure.

"If everybody from upper management to bottom management engages in a practice where they're openly talking about their mental health problems, then it sends a message to the entire community [that] it's OK to talk about these issues", Theresa Nguyen, vice president of policy and programs at Mental Health America, advises.

"We were the first van manufacturer to investigate attitudes towards mental health in this sector back in 2017, and want to continue to highlight these statistics to try to break this potentially deadly taboo and encourage van owners and operators to talk to loved ones, colleagues and managers if they are encountering mental health problems". That is why are allocating £300 million, over and above the additional £1.4bn being invested in specialist services, to provide more support linked to schools.

The charity's survey also revealed that more than a third of people (32%) had experienced suicidal thoughts and feelings as a result of their stress, with 16% self-harming as a result of it.

"We must make sure that Childline is adequately funded so it isn't left vulnerable and can be there for the children who have nowhere else to turn".

"It goes without saying that good mental health and wellbeing are vital to business performance, as content, healthy employees are more engaged, motivated and - ultimately - more productive".

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