The cost of poor mental health

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The problem of gaining access to specialist help is contributed to and compounded by the fact that those who work with children and young people (in schools, GP practices and A&E, for example) do not always have the skills or capacity to identify or support the mental health needs of children and young people. We feel that it is an avenue to raise awareness on mental health issues in the society, in Nigeria and look at mental health issue in the workplace especially with this year's theme of mental health at the work place. It includes research by audit firm Deloitte on costs to employers and the state.

The review makes a number of specific recommendations for government to support these changes, including implementing them within the public sector, and ensuring the NHS continues to prioritise mental health services enabling individuals to access high quality treatment while maintaining employment.

Many people are becoming more comfortable talking about the personal toll mental health problems can take. The most important recommendation is that all employers, regardless of size or industry, should adopt 6 "mental health core standards" that lay basic foundations for an approach to workplace mental health.

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However, the Stevenson/Farmer report says that for every £1 spent on investing in mental health in the workplace, there was an average £4.20 return.

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Around 6% of people with a long-term mental health condition lose their job each quarter - amounting to 300,000 people each year - compared with 4% of those with a physical health condition.

"The commissioning of this review indicates that the Government considers children and young people's mental health to be a national priority.

The UK can ill-afford the productivity cost of this poor mental health".

The duo made a series of recommendations in their report - a total of 40 - for employers, regulators and government to follow, notably the adoption of six "core standards" for mental health, like making plans for it at work and emphasising its importance among employees.

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