Mental Health Awareness Week: Graduates fear telling employers about issues

Grant Boone
May 16, 2018

"Graduate programmes can be fiercely competitive, which can exacerbate mental health issues; employers need to take note of the information revealed by our latest survey and ensure they are providing anonymous, "off the record" support for this future workforce", he said.

Pirate FM is asking for an extra minute of your time for mental health.

"The first step is always letting your GP know and getting into the NHS system".

Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, along with stars from music, sport, stage and screen, will join together for the message which will be broadcast simultaneously by hundreds of United Kingdom radio stations.

Lady Gaga, Dame Judi Dench, David Harewood and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill also featured in the minute message.

With over 300 stations taking part, broadcasting to one of radio's biggest collective audiences with an average listenership of 20 million, the Mental Health Minute has been led by Radiocentre and The Radio Academy.

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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.

The views of our young people are particularly important in tackling mental health challenges so just last month we set up a Youth Commission on Mental Health Services - a team of young people who, working with Young Scot and SAMH, will conduct a study aimed at reshaping the support available to young people, drawing from their own experiences.

Prince Harry adds: "If you do have the courage to speak about it, you really can make things better".

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. It is therefore an obvious choice for us all to come together to talk about the things that matter most in our lives". "We are pleased that the power of audio is being used to such fantastic effect and confident that what we've produced will get people talking".

"We're a super positive brand and we want to inspire kids with optimism and positivity, as well as a bit of mischief, so we looked for a charity partner who shared that philosophy and works to make kids' lives happier", said Iain Sawbridge, Beano Studios CMO.

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