Today marks a very important day, World Mental Health Day, with the theme of the day the workplace.
Mental health has long been a taboo subject, with many afraid to discuss it. Yet suicide remains a prevalent problem not just in Europe, but Ireland especially. Ireland currently has a suicide rate, approximate, of 16 per 100,000 men and 3.5 per 100,000 women.
Men aged between the ages of 45 and 54 have been named as the group most likely to die from suicide in the country. While those working in forestry, fishing and farming have been named as the occupations with the highest rates.
In 2014, according to the CSO.ie, there was 486 confirmed suicides in Ireland, with 4867 in 2013. This highlights how much of a prevalent problem this really is.
World Mental health day was founded in 1992 and has been running annually since. The event is used to further discuss mental health issues and encourages increased support for those with psychological conditions. People can get involved by donating, or helping to raise awareness through the use of the #WorldMentalHealthDay hashtag on social media.
This year as part of the annual day, there has been a workplace pledge put in place. This is to ensure employers commit to :
- Appreciating their employees
- Identifying early signs of burn outs
- Creating a supportive working environment
- Stress management
- Creating an organisational culture
- Reducing stigma connected to mental health and building awareness
- Providing emotional and psychological support for employees