Workers’ mental health – an ongoing concern

Young workers lose 9M working days per year from
mental illness
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Mental health is an important issue faced by many workers today. Employers and workers need all the support they can get to manage work-related depression.

The World Mental Health Day which will be held on October 10 aims to increase awareness on the impact of mental health to people across national, cultural, political and socioeconomic boundaries and to establish parity for mental health with physical health in national health priorities and services. This year’s theme is ‘Depression: a global crisis.’

According to a report by the World Federation for Mental Health, depression contributes largely to “the global burden of disease and affects people in all communities across the world.”

“Today, depression is estimated to affect 350 million people,” says the report.

In an article by SafetyCulture, a report ‘Counting the Cost: The Impact of Young Men’s Mental Health on the Australian Economy’ reveals that young workers suffering from mental illness in Australia lose more than nine million working days per year. Mental illness in workers costs the Australian economy $ 3.27 billion per annum or $ 387,000 per hour across a year in lost productivity.

To address these issues, the report recommended improving employees’ knowledge of mental health and initiating new partnership models between government, mental health service providers, NGOs, employers and business groups to create strategies in supporting workers’ good mental health and ongoing engagement in the workforce.

For more information about the World Mental Health Day, visit the WFMH site.


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