GriefLine’s counsellors are already gearing up for additional calls as Mental Health Week (8 – 14 October 2017) approaches.
Although media focus attention is usually on the ‘illness’ itself, grief is rarely discussed in public.
We know from our work that many people who suffer from mental illness also experience grief. They experience feelings of despair and resentment to anxiety, loneliness and anger. These are just some of a wide range of emotions and experiences that people with mental illness may grieve over.
This year the theme for Mental Health Week in 2017 is mental health in the workplace. Mental health conditions are estimated to cost Australian workplaces nearly $11 billion each year.
We encourage employers and staff to use the week to start a conversation about mental health and grief.
People with mental illness need to have their emotional, social, intellectual and physical needs met. They need to be able to share their feelings, fears and experiences.
Improving our mental health reduces absenteeism, improves morale and productivity in the workplace, and critically, if we don’t recognise mental illness as a loss, then grief will worsen.