2016 CWU Annual Conference – Joint Health, Safety & Environment, Equal Opportunities and Youth Departments lunchtime fringe meeting: Monday 25th April 2016: Mental Health – Time To Change

2016 CWU Annual Conference – Joint Health, Safety & Environment, Equal Opportunities and Youth Departments lunchtime fringe meeting: Monday 25th April 2016: Mental Health – Time To Change
To: All Branches
Dear Colleagues,
The Health, Safety & Environment Department, Equal Opportunities Department and Youth Department are taking the opportunity of giving early notice to CWU Annual Conference delegates of the first ever joint lunchtime fringe meeting organised for Monday 25th April 2016 at 1pm.
How common are mental illnesses in the UK?
Anxiety will affect 10% of the population

Bipolar disorder will affect one in 100

One in every 150 15-year-old girls will get anorexia, and one in every 1000 15-year-old boys

20% of people will become depressed at some point in their lives

OCD will affect 2%

Personality disorder will affect one in 10, though for some it won’t be severe

Schizophrenia will affect one in 100

One in four people are expected to experience a mental health problem.

(Source: Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Creating mentally healthy workplaces
One in four people are expected to experience a mental health problem, yet stigma and discrimination are still very common. Myths such as assuming mental illness is somehow down to a ‘personal weakness’ still exist.
Mental health problems are common – but nearly nine out of ten people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. This can be even worse than the symptoms themselves. “Time to Change” is the nation’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
Last Month a new report was published by “Time to Change” which addresses the steps employers can take to create mentally healthy workplaces, based on feedback from employees and national best practice. The report also considers different responsibilities of Employers and Occupational Health professionals in supporting employees with mental health problems and how they can tackle stigma, improve their workplaces and support employees with mental health problems.
The Union’s concerns regarding the need for employers to tackle work-related stress, anxiety and mental health has become a key issue, debated at CWU Conferences in recent years.
We are pleased to announce that the Guest Speaker at this year’s Annual Conference, Health, Safety & Environment, Equal Opportunities and Youth combined joint lunchtime fringe meeting: Monday 25th April 2016 will be:-
                                                Sarah Restall “Time to Change”
“Time to Change” is a Mental Health anti-stigma organisation run by the leading mental health charities “Mind” and “Rethink Mental Illness”. Sarah will deliver a presentation followed by a question and answer session.
We look forward to delegates joining us at this important meeting.
Yours sincerely                                       
Dave Joyce Linda Roy

National Health, Simon Sapper National Equal 

Safety & Environment Officer National Youth Officer Opportunities Officer
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PLEASE SEE ATTACHED PDF FILE VERSION OF THE MEETING FLYER FOR DOWNLOAD AND PRINTING. COPIES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO DELEGATES. ALL DELEGATES AND VISITORS ARE WELCOME – PLEASE JOIN US FOR WHAT WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND POPULAR FRINGE MEETINGS AT CWU CONFERENCE 2016 – A FREE BUFFET WILL BE PROVIDED.
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