Increasingly more people are talking about mental wellness in the workplace and the importance of psychological well-being in relation to overall health. In recognition of this, the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed annually on 10 October, is ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression and anxiety disorders can have an impact on a person’s ability to both work, and work productively. The WHO says employers and managers who establish workplace initiatives that promote mental wellness and support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity.
The world health body states that, globally, more than 300 million people live with depression, a leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders, and many of these people live with both.
Workplace stress can result in habitual absence from work and going to work despite being unwell and also higher rates of accidents and injuries. There are many contributing factors in the workplace that can lead to stress, burnout, and depression. These include poor work organization, excessive workload, conflicting roles, job insecurity, lack of support from higher management, and ineffective communication.