• Cyril McAree

53.4% Of People Have Experienced Mental Illness In The UK & Ireland

New research released today by Opinion Matters, commissioned by Aramark Northern Europe, found that 53.4% of people have experienced, or are experiencing, some type of mental illness, including depression, anxiety and panic disorders. The research, which surveyed 2,000 people across the UK and Ireland, found that mental health is still stigmatised – 7.3% of people answered ‘I’d prefer not to say’ when asked ‘Have you experienced, or are you currently experiencing, some type of mental illness?’

As a result of this research, Aramark Northern Europe is reminding people about the importance of minding their mental health with its #TAKE15 campaign as part of the company’s Health and Wellness month. #TAKE15 is Aramark’s annual month-long campaign that encourages both employers and employees across Ireland to take breaks during their working day. It takes place in October across the UK and Ireland.

In Europe, 1 in 5 of us will experience mental health issues in our lifetime. Aramark’s #TAKE15 campaign aims to improve the mental health of the nation by encouraging people to take time out, away from TVs, computers, phones and emails, to connect with colleagues, family or friends.

Aramark Northern Europe employs over 16,000 people across the UK and Ireland and is encouraging employees, clients and customers to take part in their #TAKE15 campaign. The goal is to take time out to reconnect with people and look after your own mental health. There are many factors contributing to our overall wellbeing including diet, exercise, sleep patterns, alcohol intake, and social issues, to name a few. View the Take 15 video here.

Alan Quinlan, Aramark’s Health and Wellness Ambassador in Ireland said “When I played rugby for Munster and Ireland it was obvious to me how important physical activity is for you mental health. The area around mental health has been hugely destigmatised in the UK and Ireland but, there is still a long way to go. That’s why I’m delighted to be part of Aramark Northern Europe’s Health and Wellness month again and I hope that everyone will join in the #TAKE15 campaign.”

Irish Olympian & Operation Transformation Leader Natalya Coyle added “The need for time-out shouldn’t be underestimated. Activity has a huge impact on mental wellbeing. Being active brings out a greater sense of self-esteem, self-control and the ability to rise to a challenge. Taking time out to exercise can give you a better space and release stress.”

Frank Gleeson, Region President of Northern Europe said, “When employees take breaks at work, they become less fatigued and have more energy. They also increase their ability to focus and problem solve, so it makes sense for the sake of the welfare of employees and the welfare of the business to Take 15 minutes to relax and clear your head. Our mission is to enrich and nourish lives and we understand that a healthy workforce is a happier and more productive workforce. So make sure to take a fifteen minute break for #TAKE15.”


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