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English hello this is 6 minute English I’m Neil
and I’m Georgina in this program we’re focusing on the topic of mental health
at work yes it’s an issue that can be difficult to see if someone has an
injury like a broken leg or a serious medical issue it’s obvious and we can
understand what’s happening with mental health issues though there’s no physical
sign and people who are experiencing difficulties maybe don’t get the same
understanding as people who have medical problems it’s a topic that has been
getting more publicity recently particularly as members of the British
royal family have been talking about it also awareness is raised through events
such as World Mental Health Day and that is the topic of our quiz World Mental
Health Day is held every year on October the 10th it aims to raise awareness of
mental health issues and their effects on people’s lives in what year was it
first held was it a 1992 B 2002 or C 2012 would you think Georgina mmm I
don’t know I think it will be older than 2012 but as old as 1992 hmm I don’t know
I’m gonna go with 2002 okay well I’ll have the answer later in the program and
we’ll see if you’re right mental health problems are very difficult personally
for those who suffer from them and they also have an impact on businesses Paul
Farmer is head of the mental health awareness charity mind he spoke on the
BBC World Service business daily programme about this how much does he
say it costs businesses in the UK we know that the cost of failing to address
mental health in business is colossal in the UK it costs between 33 and 42
billion pounds a year about 50 billion dollars and around
about 300,000 people fall out of work every year as a result of poor mental
health so that’s a huge cost to workplaces and to individuals behind
those numbers though are the lives of talented able contributors who often
just slide away from the workplace because they don’t get the right help
and support for their mental health what figures did Paul Farmer give there
he gave the figure of about between thirty three and forty two billion
pounds which is about fifty billion dollars that’s a lot of money it is in
fact he called it colossal this adjective means huge really really big
this is the cost of business he says are failing to address the mental health
issue failing to address means ignoring or not dealing with the problems it
leads to staff leaving work and he says these people are contributors they give
something to the business in terms of their skill and experience and because
of the mental health issues which could be addressed but aren’t those
contributors are being lost to the business so it cost companies more money
to recruit and train new staff and you can’t always replace the experience that
is lost let’s listen again we know that the cost of failing to address mental
health in business is colossal in the UK it costs between thirty three
and forty two billion pounds a year about fifty billion dollars and around
about 300,000 people fall out of work every year as a result of poor mental
health so it’s a huge cost to workplaces and to individuals behind those numbers
though are the lives of talented able contributors who often just slide away
from the workplace because they don’t get the right help and support for their
mental health in recent years it seems as if there has been more understanding
of mental health issues not just in the workplace but in society as a whole Jeff
McDonald is a campaigner for the organization minds at work he spoke on
the business daily program about one way that things are getting a little better
I think what’s really changed is people telling their stories and the more
stories that we tell it kind of begins to normalize this
every single story that we tell is like sending a lifeboat out into the ocean
and the millions and millions and people who are suffering in silence
do you not they do they cling on to that lifeboat and they realize they’re not
alone and they might just be normal so because more people are talking about
this issue it begins to normalize it this means it becomes normal it’s not
unusual strange or hidden there are people who suffer in silence they keep
to themselves and hide their problems from others but
because there is more publicity about this topic they can begin to feel that
they are not alone and they don’t have to suffer in silence people sharing
their stories are like lifeboats for those who do suffer in silence in this
metaphor they can cling on to the lifeboats right we are going to have
another look at our vocabulary but first let’s have the answer to the quiz when
was the first World Mental Health Day was it a 1992 B 2002 or C 2012 Georgina
what did you say I thought it was 2002 it was actually earlier 1992 now a
review of our vocabulary failing to address is a phrase that means ignoring
a problem or not trying to help with a problem something colossal is very very
big a contributor is someone who has something to give who is a positive
benefit to in this case a business then we have the verb to normalize meaning to
make something normal someone who suffers in silence doesn’t talk about
their problems and may hide them from others and finally if you cling on to
something you hold on to it tightly you don’t want to let it go and that’s all
from us from this program we look forward to your company again soon in
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