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The message is to recognise Mental Health Awareness Week during the industry's Radio Audio Week.

This year's campaign, which takes place between the 14th - 20th May, is focusing on stress. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that, "Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the USA - 43.8 million - experiences mental illness in a given year". "It's not just these stressors that are bringing about someone to have suicidal thoughts and completing suicide, it comes along with depression", said Christy Buck, the director of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan. Classes are also available to join throughout the week and the gym also offers a separate ladies' only gym area.

Encouragingly, 40% said they feel their employer takes enough proactive steps to protect mental wellness and 61% said they feel they could speak up if they began to experience stress-related symptoms. We can dream about what a reformed children's mental health system might look like in, say, 10 years' time - with vastly reduced waiting times for specialist support, swift, effective early intervention and ever closer links between health and education - and gather evidence to help us get closer to that ideal. While it might be that more people are feeling that they can disclose a mental health issue, the links between increased stress at work and mental health issues cannot be ignored.

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Isle of Wight Radio is joining BBC and commercial radio stations around the UK to unite for the first time to broadcast a one-minute message about mental health.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust's (NSFT) mental health liaison service, based as the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, has increased its staffing from 13 to nearly 30. Currently, over 90% of our office line managers are trained in Mental Health First Aid and we are also in the process of training our store managers. "Only by challenging any potential stigma and increasing awareness around mental health at work can we start to break the silence and start to build more open and inclusive workplaces".

Nigel Wilson, CEO, Legal & General, said: "Whilst it's encouraging to see mental health in the workplace becoming a more widely discussed topic, we need to ensure that employers are taking action to provide employees with access to the support they need, when they need it most".

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The MoD has announced a package of support including training in listening skills for serving personnel and families, and a confidential webchat service for those on operations overseas.

Legal & General has launched its Not A Red Card Awards to celebrate what businesses have developed and implemented regarding best practices around addressing mental health in the workplace.

The broadcast is created to encourage more people to talk openly about their mental health and was spearheaded by Radiocentre and Radio Academy with support from Harry and William's Royal Foundation as part of their Heads Together campaign.

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