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Mental health in the workplace

According to the Time for Change campaign, nine out of ten people with a mental health condition experience discrimination.

And some charities believe the stigma around mental health is felt more keenly in the workplace.

Research from the Institute of Directors found 75 percent of businesses don't have a mental health policy, and only 7 percent have discussed mental health with their staff.

One service user at MIND, the mental health charity in Kendal, says stigma in the workplace is still commonplace, and that she lost her job because of a mental health condition:


Cumbria NHS: mental health 'everyone's responsibility'

The number of suicides in Cumbria is above the national average, and the Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust is offering support and advice in a bid to help reduce this figure.

Sara Munro Director of Quality and Nursing at the Trust, says looking after mental health is "everyone's responsibility", but that the NHS can provide specialist support:

The rate of suicide amongst men is considerably higher than amongst women, and Sara says this can be down to notions like 'masculinity':


Maternal mental health: advice and support

Many women, and their families, experience mental health issues during and after pregnancy.

It can be a hugely stressful time in anyone's life, but fortunately there are a number of support networks available:

Postnatal depression support group opens in Cumbria

The Happy Mums Foundation.

Twenty per cent of new mothers are affected by Postnatal Depression in Cumbria, and a support group is opening in Carlisle to help them.

Katherine Rutherford is one of the driving forces behind the Happy Mums Foundation, which she helped set up as a result of her own experiences

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