World Mental Health Day: A Day to Embrace Mental Health
Understanding the importance of World Mental Health Day.
World Mental Health Day is a significant event that takes place annually on October 10th. It aims to raise global awareness of mental health issues, dispel myths and stigmas, and promote resources and support for those struggling with mental health conditions. The theme for 2023, set by the World Foundation of Mental Health, is ‘Mental health is a universal human right.’ For the construction industry, there is still much work to be done to raise awareness and support those in need.
The statistics speak for themselves: two people working in construction in the UK die by suicide every working day, and 48% have taken time off work due to unmanageable stress. Furthermore, 91% have felt overwhelmed, 26% have experienced suicidal thoughts, and a third of construction workers suffer from elevated levels of anxiety every day. Over two-thirds of construction workers believe there’s a stigma surrounding mental health, which stops them from talking about it.
Global Awareness and what Mynott Bowers Group are doing to support
At Mynott Bowers Group, we are doing our part to raise awareness by encouraging positive messages and affirmations that have been pinned on our decorated boards across all of our offices and promoting open conversations about mental health.
All our staff members have actively engaged and shared thoughts on the boards. Our Managing director Chris Bowers who looks after our Sri Lanka offices delivered an impactful speech, highlighting the significance of mental health and offering strategies to cope with work-related stress in our daily lives.
World Mental Health Day, observed since 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health, is a significant opportunity for all stakeholders to come together and discuss ways to improve Mental Health care globally.
This day serves as a beacon of hope for individuals experiencing mental health issues, reassuring them that help is available and they are not alone. It also plays a crucial role in promoting open conversations about mental illnesses while breaking down the stigma attached to them. Its primary objective is to raise global awareness about mental health, shining a spotlight on these issues and encouraging global dialogue and understanding. Let us all come together to support this cause and create a world where mental health is given the attention it deserves. Click here if you are struggling with your mental health and wish to talk to someone.