It is estimated that 1 in 4 of us experience poor mental health each year.[1] Today, the 6th of February is Time to Talk Day, an initiative dedicated to eradicating the stigmas associated with talking about mental health.

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The Key Safe Company would like to share some facts about mental health, and what you can do to help end the stigma surrounding it.

  • According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), almost 800,000 die by suicide each year- this equivalates to one person every 40 seconds.[2]
  • Suicide is the leading killer in those aged 15-29 years.[3]
  • 60% of people with mental health problems waited over a year before they felt able to confide in friends and family.[4]
  • 45% of people with severe mental health problems have been victims of crime.[5]
  • 90% of people with poor mental health have reported experiencing stigma at home, in work or education. 65% of people felt that this stigma negatively impacted relationships.[6]
  • The global economy loses $1 trillion per year due to employees experiencing poor mental health.[7]

What we can do to help:

  • Ask questions and listen- don’t be judgemental or dismissive
  • If someone confides in you regarding their mental health, don’t start treating them differently
  • You may not be able to fix things, but knowing that you are there to support them will be a reassurance
  • If someone does decide to talk to you about the difficulties they face with poor mental health, be patient- opening up to you may be incredibly difficult for them.

For further mental health support for yourself, a loved one, or a colleague, see below for a list of organisations that will be able to provide help:

  • Rethink Mental Illness

            tel: 0300 5000 927

            https://www.rethink.org/

  • Mind Infoline

            tel: 0300 123 3393

            https://www.mind.org.uk/

  • SANEline

            tel: 0300 304 7000

            http://www.sane.org.uk/home

  • Samaritans

            tel: 116 123

            https://www.samaritans.org/