World Mental Health Day 2017

Date: 05/10/2017
Author: Sophia Bullard

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World Mental Health Day 2017 falls on Tuesday 10th October.  The day provides an opportunity for all the major stakeholders working on mental health topics to showcase their work, and highlight the gaps which prevent a positive mental health care environment Worldwide. 

This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is “mental health in the workplace”.  A theme equally important for all employers of people, whether land or sea based, particularly those keen to promote well-being throughout their organisation. 

Education to raise awareness, early identification to ensure the best chance of recovery, and support through the health options are the three key components to a positive mental health policy.

Poor mental health is no different to poor physical health and can be treated the same when it comes to looking after crew.  Poor mental health can negatively impact on a person’s physical health and actually lead to an increased risk of suffering some conditions such as heart disease. 

With a focus on recognising the signs and tackling the symptoms of poor mental health the Club has recently put together two Crew Health bulletins focussing on this important topic

 You can find out more on the Clubs dedicated ‘Crew Health’ pages here

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World Mental Health Day 2017

Crew Health Programme Director

Sophia joined Thomas Miller in 1992 and from 1994 worked as a claims handler dealing mainly with French and Spanish members. In 2004 Sophia became the Crew Health Programme Director. As part of her work in the Crew Health Programme, Sophia has undertaken a large number of clinic audits, implemented the standard medical form and clinic guidelines. She has also led the scheme through the largest period of growth and development with a doubling of approved clinic facilities and a four fold member increase. Sophia is a Director of Thomas Miller & Co. Ltd.

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