Globally, an estimated 264 million people suffer from depression, one of the leading causes of disability, with many of these people also suffering from symptoms of anxiety. A recent WHO-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost productivity. Unemployment is a well-recognized risk factor for mental health problems, while returning to, or getting work is protective. A negative working environment may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity. Workplaces that promote mental health and support people with mental disorders are more likely to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and benefit from associated economic gains. Conclusion: Workplace mental health promotion is important to individual and organizational health and success. The evidence is clear that changes need to be made and that mental health in the workplace is a real concern. In moving forward with workplace mental health promotion programs, remember every individual and organization is unique. To have commitment from senior management and to involve employees in the planning and decision making. Also, make sure to find the baseline, evaluate the program and share the problems solving. Find to start make positive changes.
Cite this article:
Lalitha. R. Mental Health in Work Place. Asian J. Nursing Education and Research. 2020; 10(3): 384-387. doi: 10.5958/2349-2996.2020.00082.8
1. Bachman, K. “Health promotion programs at work a frivolous cost or a sound investment.” Conference Board of Canada. (2002).Biron, C., Brun, J.P., Ivers, H., Cooper, C. “At work but ill: psychosocial work environment and well-being determinants of presenteeism propensity.” Journal of Public Mental Health. 5 (2006): 26-38.
2. Burton, Joan. “Healthy workplace framework and model: Background and supporting literature and practices.”
3. Martin Shain, and H. Suurvali, (2001). Investing in Comprehensive Workable Health Promotion. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). 5.
4. The Workplace Health Promotion Program, “The ABCs of a WHP Programme,” Singapore Government,
5. Healthy Workplaces LLC, “home,” www.healthyworkplaces.com (accessed: May 28 2009).
6. Mental Health Works Canadian Mental Health Association www.mentalhealthworks.ca
7. ProMenPol: supports the research and knowledge transfer of mental health promotion practices and policies. ProMenPol contains an extensive toolkit of mental health promotion (MHP) tools.