Too ill to work, too broke not to
November 2, 2018
By: Jenna Rachid
The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) says that ‘preventative part-time sick leave’ and ‘phased returns to work’ are among the solutions that could help those struggling with their mental health maintain their place in the workforce.
Our new research looks at the costs of taking time off work for #mentalhealth problems & found that more than 50% of people who take extended sick leave for their mental health suffer severe financial difficulty as a result. #Tooilltowork pic.twitter.com/9zxQc7xehQ
— Money and Mental Health (@mmhpi) November 1, 2018
The MMHPI’s recommendations, based on the findings of the report, aim to provide government and employers solutions to help break the ‘vicious cycle’ that places people with mental health issues in financial hardship.
The Duchess of Sussex has discussed the pressures of social media in a discussion with mental health advocates in New Zealand.
According to the Independent, Meghan is no longer as active on social media, and she is now warning people of the impact it can have on your mental health.
Meghan and Harry visited staff and volunteers from multiple organisations in a New Zealand café, including Live For Tomorrow, a youth mental health project that aims to help and support young people.
Speaking to the organisations, Meghan said: ‘You see photos on social media and you don’t know whether she’s born with it or maybe it’s a filter.’
‘Your judgement of your sense of self-worth becomes really skewed when it’s all based on likes.’
Both Meghan and Harry continue to discuss and bring attention to issues effecting people’s mental health.
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