Attacks On Mental Health Workers On The Rise

Henrietta Brewer
October 10, 2017

"For many people it's really beneficial because actually the most hard thing for people to do is to take that first step and have that face-to-face conversation about their mental health and wellbeing". For some people with physical or mental health conditions or disabilities, a lack of the right support from employers can make finding and keeping a meaningful job hard, while for many people who are unemployed, navigating the current welfare system to find work, claim benefits, or seek suitable support can be an extremely negative experience.

The study also approached managers and employers to assess their view of mental health in the workplace in contrast to the views of their employees.

A separate report by the Mental Health Foundation found that people living with mental health problems contribute 225bn to the economy each year, something they say should make employers wake up to the need to protect that contribution.

The new leave helps in letting the employees stay productive while taking care of their mental health, the company said.


'Tackling the injustice and reducing the stigma associated with mental health conditions is a priority for me, which is why today I set the goal of providing one million members of the public with basic mental health awareness and first aid'.

And Alistair Burns, national clinical director for Dementia at NHS England, added: "Depression and anxiety affect almost eight million people over 55, but can often go unnoticed and untreated".

Where to go to find help?

"Mental health is a priority for Global Positioning System and we work with people with a wide range of mental health problems".


This includes being bitten, strangled, headbutted and others, according to a survey of over a thousand mental health workers who described their personal experiences to Unison, one of the United Kindgom's biggest trade unions.

"We are asking people to talk about mental health, but this must be matched with an ability to listen compassionately and act appropriately".

The research also revealed that 7.3 million falling in this age range have suffered with anxiety, while one in five of those who reported suffering from anxiety or depression said symptoms had worsened with age.

World Mental Health Day on October 10 is a chance for organisations across the globe to discuss the issues and work towards good mental health for all.


Twenty eight per cent have had a member of staff come to them with concerns surrounding their mental health, but only 42 per cent are certain which procedures to follow when a mental health issue is raised.

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