The 10th October is World Mental Health Day 2017 and the theme is: Mental health in the workplace. Employees across the world are focused on raising awareness of mental health to support colleagues living with mental health issues.
Depression, anxiety and stress are common mental health disorders which impact on our ability to work and function productively. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates 300 million people suffer from depression globally and more than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. A recent WHO-led study estimated that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost productivity.
Mental health is very much part of the holistic approach employers are taking to the health, safety and well-being of their employees in the 21st century. We work with companies who are now offering mental health first aid training for employees, to enable them to better recognise symptoms of stress and to offer an initial point of contact for colleagues to reach-out to.
There are also a growing number of specialist consultancies entirely focused on workplace well-being, encompassing both physical and mental health, e.g. Via Vita Health.
World Mental Health Day happens every 10th of October and is the perfect time to review your company’s mental health first aid, and personally learn more about recognising and supporting your colleagues struggling with mental health issues.