Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON’S MP, Mel Stride has voiced his support for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, which runs from 14-20 May. The week particularly focuses on stress and how people can better cope with it. He appealed to employers in his constituency to help create mentally healthy workplaces, citing benefits to both employers and employees of doing so.

    Mr Stride said:

    “Tackling a range of mental health problems, including stress, can start with a simple conversation with a family member, friend or colleague. Too many people suffer in silence, either not fully realising that they are struggling as badly as they are or concerned about the stigma attached to mental health conditions and stay silent. The pressures of work or home life can be overwhelming with two-thirds of people experiencing a mental health problem during our lifetime, with stress being a major contributing factor.”

    Talking specifically about the workplace Mr Stride added:

    “An independent review by Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer estimated that the poor mental health of employees costs UK employers between £33-42 billion a year, so as well as being detrimental to the person suffering, there is a clear knock-on effect on the business or organisation they work for.”

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