FTSE 100 firms focusing on mental health see financial results

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With mental health in the workplace the theme of this year's campaign, the Council is keen to encourage local businesses to be pro-active in promoting the emotional wellness of employees, foster a culture of openness when talking about mental health issues and be supportive in helping those who experience mental health problems.

Although it's encouraging to see that attitudes towards mental health are shifting and that employers recognise their responsibilities regarding wellbeing in the workplace, this report demonstrates that we need to do more to translate this awareness into action.

"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".

Information sections on meaningful life, mental health difficulties,supporting yourself, and supporting someone else.

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One in five employees thought it would be inappropriate to send flowers to a colleague who has taken time off work for an extended period of time due to their mental health.

Separate studies have also shown that feelings of loneliness and isolation are also a considerable factor in people feeling depressed or anxious, as three quarters of older people (72%) explaining that having more opportunities to socialise with other people would help them feel better.

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". It is estimated that only about a quarter of people with a mental health problem in the United Kingdom receive ongoing treatment, leaving the majority of people grappling with mental health issues on their own, seeking help or information, and dependent on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues.

A New Zealand study found for the first time found a link between mental health and a view of the sea or ocean, with an increased visibility of blue space significantly associated with lower levels of psychological distress.

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FTSE 100 businesses that used the words "mental health" or "wellbeing" more than twice in their annual reports previous year raked in up to three times more profit than those that didn't, researchers have found. A third of those surveyed by The Hoxby Collective said they suffered mental health problems as a direct result of working rigid hours, including stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.

"It is essential that we strive to give mental health the same parity of esteem that physical health problems have - in the NHS and throughout society - and in doing so reduce some of the unfortunate, and unwarranted, stigma that some patients face".

HeadtoHealth.gov.au has gone live, timed to mark the beginning of Mental Health Week in Australia and World Mental Health Day (October 10).

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