- World Mental Health Day raises awareness on global mental
health issues and the importance of taking measures to help people with mental disorders
- Mental health issues can increase employee absenteeism and
reduce work productivity
- This year the theme for World Mental Health Day is "Mental
Health in the Workplace"
Health Day is an annual event observed on 10th October to raise awareness of
mental health issues and take efforts in supporting
mental health. The theme of World Mental Health Day 2017 is "Mental Health
in the Workplace." According to the World Health Organization (WHO),
during our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. And
how we spend our time at the workplace is an important
factor that determines our overall
Health in the Workplace
A negative working environment
may lead to physical and mental
health problems, absenteeism, reduce productivity and increase the use of
alcohol and substances. The most common mental health disorders are depression
and anxiety that have an impact on the ability to work and affect work
productively Workplace stress
not only affects mental health, but also increases the risk of hypertension and affects blood
‘The theme for World Mental Health Day 2017 is “Mental Health in the Workplace." The theme emphasizes the need to improve the mental health of the employees to improve their well-being and productivity’
balance, which is the division of an individual's time and focuses on work,
family or leisure activities is important. Every individual looks for a good
work-life balance and strong diversity policies to support their well-being at
work. A workplace that cares for its employees' well-being attracts more new recruits.
of Addressing Mental Health Issues in Workplace
About 10% of the
employees take time off from work
to deal with depression. On an average, 36 workdays are
lost per depression episode. More than 50% of the people with depression are untreated. Some of the cognitive symptoms of depression such as
difficulties in concentrating, making decisions and remembering are present up
to 94% of the time during an episode of depression. These cognitive symptoms
can affect work function and productivity.
Most of the
people find it difficult to disclose that they have mental health difficulties
in the workplace. Employers should take initiatives to promote mental health
and support employees who have mental disorders. This will not only improve the
health of the employees, but also improve their
productivity at work.
health disorders such as depression
and anxiety is an affordable and cost-effective
way to promote well-being. Good mental health helps people to realize their
potential and help them cope with the normal stresses of life and work.
and Statistics on Mental Health
- One in four people experience mental
health problems at some point in their lives
- Globally, more than 300 million people
are diagnosed with depression, which is the leading
cause of disability
- About 260 million people live with
- Most of the people have both
depression and anxiety disorders
- Both depression and anxiety cost the
global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost work productivity
- About 1.2 million of the UK's working
population has faced demotion after disclosing a mental health issue at work
- In the US, one in five adults
experience mental illness every year
- In the UK, one in seven people
experience mental health problems in their workplace
- One in 20 Indians have depression
- Women in full-time employment are
twice likely to have mental health issues than full-time employed men
- One in five teenagers aged between 13
to 18 experience severe mental disorder
10 Tips to Improve Mental Health at Workplace
during the day can help complete a task better and manage stress levels
have shown that stepping away from work can boost well-being and productivity.
Use Lunch-Break Productively
Going outside at
lunchtime can separate your mind from work. Make time for your favorite hobby like reading a book or listening to music to
make your break more relaxing.
your Work Ahead
disorganized can increase the risk of stress and anxiety. Make a to-do-list for
the next day before leaving office. Planning the day in advance to stay on top
of your workload can help reduce stress.
Discuss your Problems
feel uncomfortable to discuss mental health problems with their employer.
Discussing mental health issue with the manager or colleague can be helpful.
Learn Something New
opportunities at work to learn. Try to learn something new at least once a
week. Take part in the workshops or seminars organized at the office.
Take Up a Challenge
Participate in a
local marathon and other activities like music and dance. Taking part in an
event as a team can give a communal sense of achievement after completing the
Plan a vacation
with your colleagues and friends to boost your mental health. Studies have
shown that a vacation can boost your overall happiness for up to 8 weeks and
also improve work productivity.
A healthy diet
can improve both mental and physical health. It is important to keep yourself
well-hydrated. Keep a water bottle at your desk. Carry healthy snacks like nuts
(almonds, walnuts, pistachios) and yogurt to keep hunger pangs away and also to
help you stay focused.
has a positive impact on mental health. Go for a short walk during the break.
This helps clear the mind and help you stay focused once back at your desk.
Simple breathing exercises during breaks can help divert your brain from
If you are
finding it difficult to be happy and cope with everyday life, consult a mental
Most of the employers and organizations
do not see mental health issues in the workplace as a priority. Many employees
may be suffering from one or more mental health disorders in silence. The World
Mental Health Day provides an opportunity for all those working on mental
health issues to talk about their work and take steps to make mental health
care a reality for people worldwide.
- World Mental Health Day - 10 October - (http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/)
- World Mental Health Day - (https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/world-mental-health-day/)
- Mental Health By the Numbers - (https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers)