Mental health issues affect everyone in all types of work
Across the world, it’s estimated that 264 million people suffer from depression.1 Depression is one of the main causes of disability, and many who suffer from depression also suffer from symptoms of anxiety. A recent study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the world economy US$ 1 trillion every year in lost productivity at work.
World Mental Health Day on the 10th October has been created for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against the social stigma around mental health.2
Mental health disorders include a broad range of problems, and are generally characterised by some combination of abnormal emotions, thoughts, behaviour and relationships with others - most of these can be successfully treated.1 See below stats from across the world, across multiple sectors that Impellam operates in:
Last year, the 12th biennial TUC survey of workplace health and safety representative in the UK was published in the run-up to World Mental Health day. TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady commented: “Employers and managers need to do more to reduce risks and provide support to employees struggling to cope.”
Ways to create a healthy workplace environment include2:
Mental health disorders can affect everyone – no matter what sector, team or role you work in. It’s essential that businesses promote mental health and support their people with mental disorders, in order to cope with the changing world of work. The most important assets in any business is people, which is why all Impellam people have access to an Employee Assistance Programme relevant to the region that they operate in. For further guidance on promoting mental health in the workplace, or Employee Assistance Programmes, click here to contact us.
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