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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day | October 10, 2017

October 10, 2017 is World Mental Health Day. This year’s focus is Mental Health in the workplace. Take a look at the importance of educating the world on mental health in the workplace below.

 

Information adapted from http://www.who.int/mental_health/in_the_workplace/en/:

 

Worldwide Stats:

  •  300 million people suffer from depression
  •  260 million people suffer from anxiety
  •  $1 trillion in lost productivity, globally



Why does mental health in the workplace matter?

Individuals experiencing a mental health problem do not simply leave their depression, anxiety, [insert disorder], etc. at the door when they come to work. As you can see in the world-wide statistics above, there is an economic impact of mental health in the workplace. Supporting employees and co-workers with mental health problems will lead to better productivity and a healthier work environment for all. Overall working is great for mental health, but a negative work culture can do just the opposite.

Risk Factors to mental health:

  • inadequate health and safety policies;
  • poor communication and management practices;
  • limited participation in decision-making or low control over one’s area of work;
  • low levels of support for employees;
  • inflexible working hours; and
  • unclear tasks or organizational objectives.



The good news is that there are steps employers and employees can take to help support mental health!

World Economic Forum produced a guide to help companies evaluate their work culture and make necessary adjustments. Some of the insight they offer includes:

  • Awareness of the workplace environment and how it can be adapted to promote better mental health for different employees.
  • Learning from the motivations of organizational leaders and employees who have taken action.
  • Not reinventing wheels by being aware of what other companies who have taken action have done.
  • Understanding the opportunities and needs of individual employees, in helping to develop better policies for workplace mental health.
  • Awareness of sources of support and where people can find help.