finds North West to be most diagnosed region of the UK
OVER 300,000 North West
inhabitants with a diagnosed mental health condition may suffer in
silence, Priory Group research reveals.
The study revealed that the North West is the region with the
highest percentage of diagnosed mental health conditions in the UK
This high diagnosis rate illustrates the prevalence of employees
with mental health conditions throughout today's workforce, but
surprisingly there is some good news for North West businesses.
Employees in this region are actually more likely to be honest and
open with their employer about their mental health condition, second
only to the West Midlands. The high level of diagnosis combined with
a low level of workplace stigma illustrates that mental health
conditions may be becoming more accepted in North West workplaces.
The region's population may be the second most likely to disclose
their mental health condition, but there is still a long way to go.
The remaining 63% of the North West workforce would still feel
forced into silence by the weight of mental health stigma in their
The study turns the North-South divide on its head, as London and
the South East were the two regions most likely to keep their
condition under wraps at work, whereas Yorkshire, the West Midlands
and the North West were most likely to be open and transparent with
On a national level the study found that:-
► 79% of those polled without a mental health condition would worry
about telling their employer if they did have one, exposing a
national struggle with stigma.
► A shockingly small 22% of part time workers felt that they could
disclose a mental health condition to an employer.
► 91% of those awaiting a mental health diagnosis felt the stigma
around mental health would lead/has led them to consider
Dr Richard Bowskill, Consultant Psychiatrist at the Priory Hospital
Brighton and Hove:- "There's a huge amount of stigma out
there, especially in the workplace. I've had numerous cases where
people have been sacked because of their depression; they've been
discriminated against because of a mental illness.
I think the big thing is the impact of stigma. People generally say
that the stigma of having a diagnosed mental illness can be as bad
as the symptoms that they actually experience. They compare it with
other illnesses, for example the stigma of cancer or heart problems;
the stigma of mental illness is still very much higher."
Paul Booth, a successful businessman and bipolar sufferer who now
campaigns for an overhaul in workplace mental health:- "A lot
of people who didn't have a diagnosed condition would come to me and
say, 'you're so brave. I've got a condition but I don't tell anybody
because I know it would kill my career'. That was mentioned to me
In South Africa, as long as it was out in the open, it was like
there was no elephant in the room, nothing waiting to come out. It
would be very difficult to be that open about my condition in the
UK. I think I would struggle to get a job, to be honest. It's about
time we got the dialogue out and people start saying, these people
are assets, they're not liabilities to us. They are just us."
Poppy Jaman, CEO of Mental Health First Aid England:- "Sadly,
The Priory's research findings are indicative of the stigma that
continues to shroud mental health and the impact it has on those who
are experiencing a mental health issue. We already know that one in
six British workers will experience a mental health problem at some
point in their career, but the fear of discrimination often prevents
them from accessing help and support early on and these latest
figures further demonstrate the very real fear that employees have
around disclosing mental health issues to their employers."
MICROCHIPPING FOR DOGS KEEPS OWNERS RIGHT SIDE OF LAW
SOUTHPORT dog owners are
being urged to get their dogs microchipped, or face a £500 fine
under tough new laws being brought in next year.
To help ease the costs involved, the UK's only discount pet store
The Pet Hut has teamed up with Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog
welfare charity, to offer free microchipping for all dogs.
Local dog owners should bring their pets along to The Pet Hut in Kew
Retail Park between 11am and 3pm on Monday 18th August.
There are many other good reasons to get dogs microchipped,
Southport Store Manager, Leanne Ip, said:- "Losing your pet by
accident or having it stolen can break your heart. By having your
dog chipped, you'll have a much better chance of getting him or her
back quickly and safely if something bad happens."
Microchipping can also help save a dog's life in an emergency, she
explained:- "Vets will be able to contact you at once, and get
your go-ahead for vital treatment that could make all the
Dogs Trust Education and Community Officer, Michelle Moat, agreed.
"Dogs Trust works hard to promote responsible dog ownership
and we are delighted to be working with The Pet Hut to offer free microchipping
at next Monday's event."
Michelle continued:- "We want all dogs to be microchipped,
without their owners worrying about the price. So please join us at
The Pet Hut in Kew Retail Park from 11am on 18 August."
The Southport store is part of The Pet Hut family, which now has
over 75 outlets across the UK.
North West Ambulance Service
North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) are set to launch new
diaries to capture the complete patient experience of using our
service and the service provided by a selection of hospitals across
The diaries will provide us with a better understanding of the
patient's perspective of booking transport, transportation to and
from their hospital appointments, as well as the hospital clinic
Sarah Faulkner , Director of Quality, NWAS said:- "Listening
to what our patients have to say in the diaries and learning from
their experiences will provide us with a rich source of information
over a period of 28 days. For the first time this will give us a
complete view of the service from booking through to the hospital
The programme, due to begin in August and September 2014, will
involve patients who are attending hospital appointments regularly
at Cumberland Infirmary, Southport Hospital, Royal Lancaster
Hospital, Royal Blackburn Hospital and Royal Liverpool Hospital. The
Trust is also in the process of seeking approval from other
hospitals in the North West area.
NWAS secured funding for the initiative through CQUIN (Commissioning
for Quality and Innovation) which will help support a trial of this
If you would like more information about the Patient Experience
programme then please email the Patient Experience team at:-