Facts & Figures of Mental Health at Work

Mental Health
At long last Mental Health at Work has become higher up on the business agenda. With Royal support and recent campaigns from Mind, Rethink, Time to Change and Heads Up www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk, we have more overall mental health awareness.

Mental health is just like physical health – everybody has it and we all need to take care of it.  Good mental health means having the ability to think, feel and act in the ways that allow us to live our lives in the way we want to.  Whenever we go through a period of poor mental health we may find our thoughts, feelings and reactions become difficult to cope with.

 

The inability to function mentally is every bit as bad as a physical illness but often attracts a stigma from society – although thankfully things are beginning to change.  Mental health problems are now recognised as a common human experience and most of us know someone who has experienced a mental health problem.

in a report from 'Time to Change' 2014 titled 'Attitudes to mental illness' 2014 it was showing that attitudes towards mental health problems are continuing to change for the better.

The number of people acknowledging that they someone close to them who has had a mental illness increased from 58 per cent in 2009 to 65 per cent in 2014. Forty per cent of people surveyed said they would be comfortable talking to their employer about a mental health problems, although nearly half (48 per cent) said they would feel uncomfortable, showing that there is still some way to go to improve attitudes.48

 

These issues can happen to all kinds of people from all walks of life and 1 in 4 people a year will suffer but the good news is that with the right combination of self-care, treatment and support things can improve.

Mental Health of Cancer Sufferers

Any serious illness can impact mental health and being diagnosed with cancer is life-changing for the patient and for their family.  For patients, caregivers and their loved ones, going through cancer can be a devastating experience.

Receiving a potentially fatal diagnosis, going through treatment protocols and learning to live with limitations can cause depression in many patients – as can the side effects from the treatment itself.  During and after treatment they are likely to go through a whole range of emotions including fear, anxiety, sadness, guilt and anger. 

 

Patients often feel frightened and overwhelmed when finding out about a cancer diagnosis and their emotions may be very up and down.  Some patients may lose the ability to be independent, while others find that energy levels plummet and activities that were once a source of enjoyment are no longer possible.

Managing a patient's mental health needs is therefore a crucial part of the treatment process and the mental health of cancer sufferers is often overlooked because the focus can easily fall on their physical condition.  Many people find it difficult to talk about, although talking about it can be comforting and can help them find support - which can lead to reduced anxiety.  

The most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions for cancer patients are known as ‘adjustment disorders.’  These are characterised by the development of emotional or behavioural symptoms in response to an identifiable ‘stressor’ occurring within 3 months of the onset of the stressor.

 

A stressor is anything that causes a great deal of stress in a person’s life and could be a positive event like a wedding or buying a new home or a negative one, such as a family member’s death or the diagnosis of a serious illness.  For cancer patients, there are several different adjustment disorders (including anxiety and depression) which relate to the changes that the patient needs to make following their diagnosis.

Below the Belt Cancers

 

Below the belt cancers are often known as “The Dirty Dozen” as there are twelve of them:

Anal – Bladder – Cervical – Colorectal – Intestinal – Ovarian – Pancreatic – Penile – Prostate – Testicular – Uterine – Vulvar

 

These can do more damage than any movie stars ever could

 

In the last year for which figures are available (2015) there were 140,915 people in the UK who were diagnosed with one of these cancers

The Pelican Cancer Foundation (‘Pelican’) drives innovation and development in bowel (colorectal), bladder, prostate and liver cancer treatment through research and education.

 

The focus is on surgery, which cures more people than any other cancer intervention.  Pelican is the only charity that works with multi-disciplined clinicians on research and embedding changes of practice through workshops and conferences.

 

This helps more patients live well for longer.

 

Since 2000, Pelican have trained over 13,000 medical professionals and invested over £2.5 million in vital clinical research.  Pelican's objective is to improve the survival and quality of life of bowel, liver and urological cancer patients through research and the training of advances in precision surgery.

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