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But with the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017 being "the workplace" it is important to reflect how far employers have come in the past year and remain conscious of what more we still need to achieve.

"It is essential that we strive to give mental health the same parity of esteem that physical health problems have - in the NHS and throughout society - and in doing so reduce some of the unfortunate, and unwarranted, stigma that some patients face".

NHS England has now published new guidelines to help Global Positioning System better identify the signs of anxiety and depression as well as a range of mental health problems, including those which specifically affect older people.

Where to go to find help? It's also an opportunity for us to assess our own well being.

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The team found that by using the psychological treatment to improve sleep, they could also improve mental health, with a lack of sleep often linked to a higher risk of depression.

A majority of those surveyed say that the problem exists because their employers are understaffed.

"For some they will indeed be recurrent problems that they have long since given up any hope of defeating".

The health startup said firms in the FTSE 100 that addressed the issue of employee mental health and wellbeing issues in their annual reports past year enjoyed up to three times more profit.

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"Workplaces have the potential to impact on people's mental health both positively and negatively". This includes being bitten, strangled, headbutted and others, according to a survey of over a thousand mental health workers who described their personal experiences to Unison, one of the United Kindgom's biggest trade unions.

"Older people are potentially vulnerable and we have to be careful that we don't normalise depression and anxiety as a routine part of ageing", noted RCGP Chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard. As a result, to date over 206,000 people in England have Mental Health First Aid skills. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally more than 300 million people suffer from depression, while more than 260 million people live with anxiety disorder and most live with these two conditions.

This year the 10 October marks World Mental Health Day and the World Health Organisation constitution states that "health is a state of complete physical, mental or social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".

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