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  • Blog | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership | Page 3
    bit ou Come downs Blog Keep up to date with the See Change blog where we ll be talking about how the campaign is going research on stigma and discrimination and our events and initiatives We ll also be posting stories from people with their own experience of mental health problems If you d like to contribute contact sorcha seechange ie Diagnosis Posted May 11 2015 Reflection on my journey Posted March 11 2015 Bipolar opposites his driving and my fasting Posted February 13 2015 College life and it s aftermath Posted February 11 2015 The Power of a Single Voice Posted February 10 2015 Facebook Free February Posted February 10 2015 Previous 1 2 3 4 5 16 Next Stigma Discrimination What is stigma The effect of stigma What can be done Why is a stigma Research Get Help News and Events See Change Workp Mental Health in The Green Ribbon Walk in My Shoes See Change in yo World Mental Hea South Tipperary Our Initiatives Irish football s News from the Pl Dublin Park ing Time to Talk Clo Green Ribbon 201 Become a See Cha Silver Linings P Blog See Change Ambassado See Change Ambassado Newstalk s

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  • See Change in your workplace | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    health needs of the organisation For more information on our six step pledge and workshops for line managers please contact Dolores seechange ie or call 01 8601620 Mental health and employment are undeniably important and intertwined aspects of a person s daily life yet See Change research has found that almost half of Irish people would deliberately conceal a mental health problem from co workers According to Millward Brown See Change research report Irish Attitudes and Behaviours to Mental Health 2012 57 believe that being open about a mental health problem at work would have a negative impact on job career prospects up from 48 in 2010 47 believe that being open about a mental health problem at work would have a negative effect on a person s relationship with colleagues up from 36 in 2010 Please see video link below showing how mental health problems touch us all https www youtube com watch v eUA8oOd8cmg Without open discussion of mental health problems valuable time is wasted hiding something that can often be easily supported within an organisation The business case for creating a workplace that is open to discussing mental health It makes good business sense to support employees who are struggling with mental health problems In 2008 the Mental Health Commission report The Economics of Mental Health Care in Ireland estimated the direct annual cost of poor mental health in Ireland at 3 billion These costs include Loss of potential labour supply Unemployment Absenteeism Presenteeism Reduced productivity in the workplace Poor performance Reduced morale Low motivation Reduced productivity Reduced efficiency Faulty decision making Poor industrial relations High staff turnover Early retirement Management time to deal with issues Providing temporary cover Complaints and litigation associated with problems Costs to government of health care and rehab According to the CIPD

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  • Resources and Support services | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    with experience of mental health difficulties It also provides some good examples of what reasonable accommodation measures can look like in practice so that people with experience of mental health difficulties can have access to employment participate or advance in employment and undertake training Final Mental Health Policy Document for the Workplace This publication is for employers and employees Its purpose is to provide information and guidance on how to develop and implement a comprehensive workplace mental health policy Case Law Review on Mental Health in the Workplace The focus of this review is on the case law under the Employment Equality legislation that deals with mental health issues Yourmentalhealth ie www yourmentalhealth ie YourMentalHealth ie is a place to learn about mental health and how to support yourself and the people you love You can find support services near you and learn about the littlethings that can make a big difference to how we all feel Green ribbon website www greenribbon ie need help See Change and our 90 partner organisations are rolling out a month long national Green Ribbon Campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems in May 2015 More than 500 000 green ribbons will be distributed nationwide free of charge to spark a national conversation about mental health in boardrooms break rooms chat rooms clubhouses arts venues college campuses and around kitchen tables throughout Ireland Our aim is to make the month of May every year synonymous with promoting open conversation of mental health and challenging the stigma of mental health problems SOS wellness workshops www suicideorsurvive ie services wellness These workshops aim to help you understand take charge of and take responsibility of your own mental health The workshop can be of benefit to anyone who is interested in mental health and

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  • Information for employees | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    and colleagues will react negatively if told that someone has a mental health problem However the law states that employers and others should not discriminate Some areas such as offering reasonable adjustments work best if you disclose your mental health condition and then discuss with your employer what changes may help you Top tips It s your choice disclosure of mental health problems at work is a personal choice and you can say as much or as little as you want If you need more support being open can help you get it Request a one to one meeting with your manager Get some private time where you can discuss your mental health how it relates to your work and what might help you manage your health so you can perform well Remember you are the expert on your needs agree a plan of changes with your boss and a time to meet again to discuss whether things have improved If you re not sure what might help try small experimental steps and make a note of whether they help or not You have rights if your boss is unhelpful or dismissive remember they have legal duties under the Equality Act to make reasonable adjustments and not discriminate in recruiting retaining or promoting staff Mental health problems are a disability under the Act so you are likely to be protected but always seek legal advice Remember you are not alone one in six of our workforce experiences mental health problems each year and with a bit of practice many people can balance their health with the demands of a job Supporting a colleague There is no simple way of knowing if someone has a mental health problem and sometimes you don t need to know It is more important to

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  • Information for managers | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    for employers managers and employees as well as offering best practise advice on creating workplaces that are free of stigma and discrimination and equipped to support the mental health needs of the organisation These workshops are delivered by two fully trained workshop facilitators one of whom will speak about their personal experience of having a mental health problem and their recovery journey The workshops are funded by the National Office for Suicide Prevention and covers the cost of the trainers and their expenses thus enabling See Change to provide this excellent training package free of charge to organisations Topics covered during the workshop Introduction to mental health mental health problems and how they relate to the workplace context followed by an opportunity to discuss the myths that surround mental health problems and Irish attitudes to mental health Attendees will benefit from the expertise and personal insight of a workshop facilitator who will share the story of their own mental health journey from being the subject of stigma in the workplace and the wider community to now creating strategies to support mental health needs Advice on how best to support an employee who is experiencing a difficulty with their mental health through information on relevant equality legislation resources available examples of reasonable accommodation recommendations on responding to a crisis and simply starting a conversation about mental health in the workplace Discussion on creating a culture that is open to and supportive of the mental health needs of an organisation Start your conversation You don t have to be an expert to start talking about mental health or have all the answers Sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is to let a colleague know that you are there for them and simply listen Talk but listen too Simply being there

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  • See Change Workplace Pledge | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    Mental health awareness wellness training Host mental health awareness training and wellness workshops for staff Create internal communications campaigns promoting wellbeing in your newsletters on noticeboards in the staff canteen or on your organisation s intranet site 4 In house mental health promotion Nominate staff champions to promote wellness and challenge stigma and provide information for staff to access with ease Organisations should nominate a representative to attend the quarterly support network forums where you can engage with other organisations that have taken the pledge share ideas and listen to guest speakers on mental health topics Public engagement Make it official that you are a See Change workplace 5 Engage your stakeholders Organise a stigma challenging activity in your workplace in partnership with See Change and involve local communities and stakeholders 6 Become an official See Change workplace by signing the workplace pledge This is a public statement that your organisation is aiming to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace and has completed or is in the process of completing the first five steps in the workplace programme aimed at creating an open culture around mental health at work for staff If you are interested in taking the See Change Workplace Pledge please contact Dolores Kavanagh on 01 8601620 or e mail dolores seechange ie Some photos from the See Change workplace pledge launch 30th April 2015 Eileen Dunne Laurence Van Der Haegen Christine Lodge Ballymun Regional Youth Resource John Saunders and Mary Rose Burke IBEC Eileen Dunne Kate McGuinness Alastair Blair Accenture John Saunders Mary Rose Burke IBEC Eileen Dunne Aoife Gallagher Blomfield Hospital John Saunders Mary Rose Burke IBEC Eileen Dunne Marie Brosnan Mary Jane Halpin Cornmarket Group Financial Services John Saunders Mary Rose Burke IBEC Elaine Kelly Shauna Bonner Eileen Dunne David Kinsella Deloitte John Saunders Mary Rose Burke IBEC Eileen Dunne Ciara Thorpe Mulhern Maureen Brogan IBEC John Saunders Mary Rose Burke IBEC Eileen Dunne Marie Hayden Mercer John Saunders Mary Rose Burke IBEC Eileen Dunne Elaine Curtis Shine John Saunders Mary Rose Burke IBEC Clodagh Glanville Eileen Dunne Niamh Feeney Deirdre Mannion Valeo Vision Systems John Saunders Rose Mary Burke IBEC Eileen Dunne Mary Rose Burke IBEC John Saunders Eileen Dunne Mary Rose Burke IBEC John Saunders Mary Rose Burke IBEC Shauna Bonner John Saunders Elaine Kelly David Kinsella Deloitte Mary Rose Burke IBEC Shauna Bonner John Saunders Elaine Kelly David Kinsella Deloitte Rose Mary Burke IBEC Kate MacGuinness Alastair Blair Accenture John Saunders Rose Mary Burke IBEC Kate MacGuinness Alastair Blair Accenture John Saunders Rose Mary Burke IBEC Kate MacGuinness Accenture Mary Jane Halpin Cornmarket Group Financial Services Shauna Bonner Deloitte Barbara Brennan See Change Ambassador Rose Mary Burke IBEC Kate MacGuinness Accenture Mary Jane Halpin Cornmarket Group Financial Services Shauna Bonner Deloitte Barbara Brennan See Change Ambassador Mary Jane Halpin Cornmarket Group Financial Services Barbara Brennan See Change Ambassador Shauna Bonner Deloitte Barbara Brennan See Change Ambassador Barbara Brennan See Change Ambassador Barbara Brennan See Change Ambassador Gerry Raleigh NOSP

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  • Mental Health Problems and Violence: The Reality | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    has shown that the public s desire to maintain social distance from people with mental health problems increased significantly after publicised attacks and never returned to its previous level In reality the perceived understanding of violence and mental health is vicarious and is experienced predominantly through films depicting crazed killers or through dramatic news reports Is this fear of violence valid Research has shown that the risk of violence from someone with a mental health problem is very low A study into indicators of future violence found that severe mental illness alone does not predict future violence However mental illness when associated with substance abuse did increase the risk of future violence Factors such as substance abuse age gender and poverty are thought to play a bigger role in determining whether someone will engage in violent behaviour than the existence of a mental health problem The MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study in the USA found that the prevalence of violence among those with a serious mental health problem who did not abuse substances was no different than from their neighbours without mental health problems Even among people with substance abuse and mental health problems the risk of violence remains very low Studies of violent incidents within clinical settings have found that social and structural factors have been a contributory factor Issues such as ward atmosphere clinical leadership overcrowding restrictions and lack of activities have been associated with violent incidents Katz 1990 Shepherd 1999 Powell 1994 In fact people with mental health problems are far more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators People with mental health problems are up to 11 times more likely to be a victim of violence than the general population There is a need for further research into the determinants of violent behaviour However it

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  • Make a Ripple: Dave’s story | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    I lost one too many I eventually found myself unable to get a good enough reference to find more work in my line and a career I had built up was gone It wasn t the only casualty I felt alienated from everything and everyone around me and the future felt like a dark cloud I couldn t see beyond It s hindsight that tells me my only real mistake in the whole cycle was not to ask for help It was there for me had I only recognised it This was at the end of 1999 The tiger was starting to roar and the world was gearing up for the millenium I felt like I was the only one out of step with a society I had helped create I had been successful in the IT business and suddenly found myself completely at odds with my old self and the world at large The sad irony being that in a world chock full of options I thought that I had none Surviving suicide has been a very humbling experience for me I know that had even one little thing been different that day I would not have been so lucky as to survive I often think of those who committed suicide in more decisive ways who never had the chance to realise as I did that as bleak as everything seems it is possible to recover joy in the world around you and in yourself also In the aftermath of my attempt I found myself stripped of all pretence With the help and support of friends and family I was able to begin again From the very bottom How much easier might it have been if I didn t carry the stigma of having attempted the cowards way out That expression cuts me with it s ignorance but I must acknowledge that for a while I believed it too How much easier would it have been if the problems with my mental health were no less shameful than any other medical problem If I had not felt the stigma myself then I might have sought help earlier when only assistance was needed and my troubles were small ones This to me is the importance of reducing the stigma attached to mental health issues Like an untreated wound can become a more serious infection something as simple as finding it difficult to cope can all too quickly descend into debilitating depression There will always be services required for those in desperate need but if we can change how mental health issues are percieved then how many would be spared that desperation It s your mental health the slogan goes and that s true We need to treat it with as much care as our physical bodies There is though beyond ourselves the mental health of our nation Right now with the economic woes we all face I can t help but think of how many are out there in circumstances

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