Mental health is a condition of mental wellness that enables people to manage life’s stressors, develop their potential study, work efficiently and actively give back to their society. It is a crucial element of mental well-being that supports our individual abilities to perform and influence the world we live in.
According to the World Health Organization almost 60% of the world’s population are in work and 15% of the working-age adults were estimated to have a mental disorder in the year 2019, Globally an estimated 12 billion working days every year is lost to depression and anxiety, which leads to over $US 1 trillion per year lost productivity.
RISKS TO MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK
Most times mental health at work maybe related to work content or work schedule and also specific characteristics of the workplace or opportunities for career development amongst other things.
More than half of the global workforce is employed in the informal economy which lacks regulatory protection for health and safety. These workers frequently work in hazardous conditions, work long hours, have little to no access to social or financial protections all of which can have a negative impact on their mental health.
HOW TO CURB MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE
Managing psychosocial risks in the workplace is central to preventing mental health conditions at work. Employers should do this by implementing organizational interventions that directly target working conditions and environments, according to WHO. Organizational interventions are those that assess, mitigate, modify, or eliminate workplace mental health risks. Organizational interventions may include, for example, providing flexible working arrangements or putting in place frameworks to deal with workplace violence and harassment.
Other forms of organizational interventions involves
MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESS AND AWARENESS TRAININGS
For workers to improve knowledge of mental health and reduce stigma associated with mental conditions at work.
INTERVENTIONS FOR WORKERS
To build and develop skills that aids the management of stress ,and reduce mental health symptoms.