10 October 2017

World Mental Health Day

Mental health in the workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017.

World Mental Health Day is observed annually in order to raise awareness for mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.  It provides an opportunity for those involved in mental health care issues to talk about what needs to be done so that it could be a worldwide possibility.

During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing. Employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work. A negative working environment, on the other hand, may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity.

Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work, and to work productively. Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many of these people live with both. A recent WHO-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost productivity.


The action plan calls for changes in the attitudes that perpetuate stigma and discrimination that have isolated people since ancient times, and for an expansion of services in order to promote greater efficiency in the use of resources.

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