STIGMA 

 

Mental Illness touches everyone. Most people know someone who has suffered or is suffering from mental health issues. Stigma of mental illness is identified as the key deterrent to help-seeking for mental health issues.

For people with mental health issues waking up every day and going to work is something that is very hard. Stigma makes mental health issues worse making it harder to recover.

People who experience stigma have feelings of shame, hopelessness and Isolation and are afraid and embarrassed to talk about mental health issues. Through fear of negative consequences people are reluctant to seek help and get treatment. People prefer to suffer in silence than admit that they are struggling with the issues.

 When people don’t talk about mental health, they don’t identify with mental health issues. People who do not identify with the issues do not seek help and don’t get treatment. The issues go undetected, undiagnosed, and untreated. Untreated mental health issues not only damage an individual’s health and career, they reduce productivity at work.

One of the best things people can do is talk about mental health issues! It can make the biggest difference if people have a conversation about mental health issues. Once had people are no longer alone.  

 HAVACHAT conversations provide a facility for people to talk about mental health at work. The conversations help people talk about mental health issues, reduce stigma and feel more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing in the workplace. HAVACHAT conversations are between employees with emerging mental health issues and people with experience of depression and anxiety who have recovered.

 HAVACHAT conversations show that having a simple conversation can effectively reduce stigma and that once people have a conversation they are better instantly. People can get help, get on with work and get on with life.

For more information: info@mentalhealthatwork.org.au – 02 9144 1447 or 04 0055 2290

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