Most workers would not discuss a mental health problem with their manager

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28 March 2017

  Many employees do not feel able to discuss their mental health problems in the workplace, a survey has found   Employees feel as though they cannot talk about mental health problems in the workplace, a new poll suggests. Three-quarters of people said they would not be likely to seek support from their manager if they were experiencing a mental health problem, according to a poll from the mental health charity Mind.   The charity also found there is a discrepancy between how well managers feel they support staff versus how well supported employees feel. Only half of employees surveyed by the charity feel their line manager supports their mental health, but 73% of line managers said they would feel confident supporting a member of staff experiencing a mental health problem.   The charity is calling for employers to create an open culture where people feel able to discuss their wellbeing and tackle the causes of stress among their staff. The results come from a survey of 15,000 employees participating in Mind's Workplace Wellbeing Index. Thirty different organisations took part, including Deloitte, HMRC, the Environment Agency, Jaguar Land Rover and PepsiCo.   Mind said the research suggests that overall, staff working for these organisations reported having good mental health at work. But where employees felt their mental health wasn't good, they felt their workplace was a contributory factor.   Overall, 12% said their mental health was poor, while a quarter of these people said this was due to problems at work.   Excerpt from Belfast Telegraph, read the full article here.   Depression Awareness What is depression? Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time, and affects your everyday life.   In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits. It doesn’t stop you leading your normal life but makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. At its most severe, depression can be life-threatening because it can make you feel suicidal or simply give up the will to live.   It feels like I'm stuck under a huge grey-black cloud. It's dark and isolating, smothering me at every opportunity.   When does low mood become depression? We all have times when our mood is low, and we’re feeling sad or miserable about life. Usually these feelings pass in due course.   But if the feelings are interfering with your life and don't go away after a couple of weeks, or if they come back over and over again for a few days at a time, it could be a sign that you're experiencing depression.   It starts as sadness then I feel myself shutting down, becoming less capable of coping. Eventually, I just feel numb and empty.   Are there different types of depression? If you are given a diagnosis of depression, you might be told that you have mild, moderate or severe depression. This describes what sort of impact your symptoms are having on you currently, and what sort of treatment you're likely to be offered. You might move between different mild, moderate and severe depression during one episode of depression or across different episodes.   There are also some specific types of depression:
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – depression that usually (but not always) occurs in the winter. SAD Association provides information and advice. See our page on SAD for more information.
  • Dysthymia – continuous mild depression that lasts for two years or more. Also called persistent depressive disorder or chronic depression.
  • Prenatal depression – sometimes also called antenatal depression, it occurs during pregnancy.
  • Postnatal depression (PND) – occurs in the weeks and months after becoming a parent. Postnatal depression is usually diagnosed in women but it can affect men, too.
  Is premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD) a type of depression? PDD is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Many women experience PMS, but for some women their symptoms are severe enough to seriously impact their daily life. This is when you might receive a diagnosis of PDD.   While PDD is not a type of depression, most women who experience PDD find that depression is a major symptom. See NHS Choices for more information about PMS and PDD.   Sometimes it feels like a black hole but sometimes it feels like I need to cry and scream and kick and shout. Sometimes I go quiet and lock myself in my room and sometimes I have to be doing something at all times of the day to distract myself.

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