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World Mental Health Day

PROTECT YA HEAD: Today is World Mental Health Day

TODAY, ON WHAT is the 25th World Mental Health Day, Local London Assembly Member, Unmesh Desai AM, is calling on businesses to put mental health on their agenda and to “tackle the culture of silence that all too often surrounds mental illness.”

Earlier this year the Mayor of London launched his Thrive LDN campaign, a city-wide initiative designed to improve mental health by supporting Londoners, and especially young Londoners, to lead healthier, happier lives. Bringing together experts from public and private organisations, the campaign aims to eradicate mental health stigma and discrimination and to make London a zero-suicide city.

Desai added:

“Although there have been positive strides forward in recent years, there is still a long way to go in the fight for equality between mental health and physical health.

“With a significant proportion of our lives spent in the workplace it is a good place to start when it comes to talking about our mental wellbeing. I hope local employers will seize the opportunity World Mental Health Day provides to tackle the culture of silence that all too often still surrounds mental illness.”

Charity Time for Change published an in-depth report into mental health sufferers from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups and found that 49% of BAME Brits were depressed. To read the full report, click here.

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