Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

What has housing got to do with mental health?

What has housing got to do with mental health?

55% of United Kingdom organisations have seen an increase in the number of reported common mental health conditions over the last 12 months, compared to 41% in 2016.

That's why it's important to encourage people to think about their mental health and what they need to do to protect it - just as we do already with physical health - and to feel comfortable in coming forward and being open about any problems they might be facing.

Kane says if we're truly to make a difference, we need to reframe our thinking.

Every year, one in four people in the United Kingdom will experience a mental health problem, according to mental health charity Mind. We now know through brain scans that the brain is affected and we do have medications that can help.

It has been great to witness the upturn in mental health awareness over the past few years with more business leaders, celebrities and even the royal family talking about the issue.

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"Waiting lists and services, sadly, aren't always as quick as you'd like them to be but there's always loads of help online and loads of people who want to listen".

One employer taking action on mental health is WHSmith. This is why our new Mental Health Strategy, published past year, was shaped by a public consultation - a consultation which received almost 600 responses. Mental health conditions are real, and a common problem that is treatable.

Since 1949, Mental Health America, as well as their affiliates throughout the country, have initiated the observance of May as Mental Health Month by reaching out to millions of people through the local events, media, and screenings.

A poll by The Handmade Fair, the ultimate creative day out by Kirstie Allsopp, has just found that 75 per cent of Brits believe crafting can benefit mental health or wellbeing, with a quarter of crafters saying it had helped them deal with a mental health issue such as depression or anxiety.

As we achieve success in encouraging more people to seek treatment for ill mental health we can experience pressures on service capacity. "But, improving awareness and understanding is a crucial first step that all employers need to take and we're proud to set an example, not only for the retail industry, but for employers across the United Kingdom". While among the 20.2 million adults in the USA who have experienced a substance use disorder, about 50.5%-10.2 million adults-had a co-occurring mental illness.

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