World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health, as well as raising advocacy against social stigma. It was first observed in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.
The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. Yearly observance of the World Mental Health Day always has a theme which it focuses on, in 2016 the theme was ” Psychological first Aid” (PFA) is a technique designed to reduce the occurrence of post traumatic stress disorder. The 2017 theme has been stated as ” Mental health in the workplace”
Mental health in the workplace
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.
As we hear over and over again, one in every four people will experience some kind of mental health problem each year, But even more tragically, nine out of 10 of those people will experience stigma and discrimination because of it.
Importance of Mental Health at the Workplace
A serious concern is ‘presenteeism’, whereby employees continue working while they’re ill because they are afraid to take time off, leading to lower productivity.
Even despite this, poor mental health is responsible for more than 70million lost working days each year.
A negative working environment can lead to poor mental and physical health, increase in alcohol use and loss of productivity.
It’s important for employers to recognise that initiatives to promote mental health and wellbeing not only improve the health of their work force but also increases their output.
When staff feel well-cared-for and happy at work, they are more likely to be engaged, motivated and loyal.
Arranged By: CordovoGH
Sources: W.H.O & Metro News