Wrexham AM pledges support to Mental Health Awareness week

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Rachel Suff, senior employment relations adviser at CIPD, said: "We're seeing a significant increase in the number of reported mental health issues among employees in United Kingdom organisations". And yet it is still much harder for most of us to talk about our mental, rather than our physical, health and this is no different in the workplace.

Wrexham's Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths, has pledged her support to Mental Health Awareness week.

Organisations from across Scotland are set to benefit from a new mental health fund.

Thousands took part in the 2016 and 2017 surveys and we need your help to make 2018 the biggest yet.

Being aware of how people around you may be feeling and not being afraid to ask 'are you okay?' can play a huge part in making people feel comfortable about opening up.

When we're being creative, our brains release dopamine, a natural anti-depressant.

I personally have spent time talking to people, particularly young people, about mental health - both about how we promote good mental health and how we as a government can provide better and faster support to people who are experiencing difficulties.

"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". The organisation has hired an employee responsible for mental health first aid.

One employer taking action on mental health is WHSmith.

A strong workforce is at the centre of our plans so we are investing to provide 800 additional mental health workers in key locations such as A&E departments, GP practices, police stations and prisons.

Recent MIND research has found that 40% of people with mental health problems have experienced stigma or discrimination in the place they live at the moment, and that two thirds of people with mental health problems have had at least one issue with the quality of their home. We need to come to see mental health like we would any other illness - like diabetes or high blood pressure, that it's just something that affects us. "This poignant moment of reflection, a first in United Kingdom radio, is a wonderful opportunity to help us improve how we support each othe remotionally".

When our mental illnesses lie to us and say we can't do anything or that we aren't good enough, it can be soul-destroying. "Listening is such an important thing". So if you, or someone you know, feel that talking could help with any worries you have about mental health, these numbers might be useful.