Kelly Holmes on exercise for Mental Health Awareness Week

More than 70 per cent of workers in London admit to feeling stress at work

"Doing something to calm ourselves down, going for a brisk walk or practising breathing exercises, can give us the headspace to identify unmet needs, to seek solutions or help and assistance, so that we can get needs met and reduce stressful feelings".

And it's something we all need to think about a lot more than we now do. 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.

Supervisors should be encouraged to ask "How are you?" It's a serious problem, as exercising within the guidelines helps to tackle over 20 chronic conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

The Sober Advantage, a wellness provider, is today launching a first for football, a coaching programme focused entirely on the player's mental health and wellbeing.

Claire Murdoch, National Mental Health Director for England, added: "Even though we know suicides overall are reducing, there is so much more that can be done".

More than 1,000 validated mental health support networks have already registered on the web app, with the number increasing each day, and it has been endorsed by the Samaritans and 25 other national mental health support organisations.

The Collaboration Award for a company demonstrating cross-sector or cross industry engagement with an initiative that brought together different stakeholders to address mental health in the workplace.

Mental health organisation Mind has conducted a survey of nearly 44,000 employees, with nearly half experiencing stress, low mood and anxiety while working at their current organisation.

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Called "Rural Minds Matter", it's being driven by two people who have faced mental health issues in the past, and looks to provide support to those living in smaller communities in West Sussex without great access to mental health services.

The Inspiration Award for an individual that has made or spearheaded an act, effort or statement to inspire people to be more active in discussing mental health issues in the workplace.

All of this work is underpinned by a significant financial commitment of £150 million over five years.

Mental illness is often a lifelong diagnosis, and one that takes proper care and treatment to integrate into daily life. But it's clear that there is still more to do to ensure we transform this increased awareness into actions that create more supportive and open working environments.

"The results indicate that if we were able to eliminate job strain situations in the workplace, up to 14 percent of cases of common mental illness could be avoided", explains Harvey.

"More importantly when you do big group runs like this, a park run, other big races that go round the country you socialise, you get to talk to like-minded people and that can make you feel better".

"Waiting lists and services, sadly, aren't always as quick as you'd like them to be but there's always loads of help online and loads of people who want to listen".

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