10.10.17 – Initiated as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992, 2017 marks the 25th year of focusing on important issues in international mental health. The theme for 2017 is “Mental Health in the Workplace”, aimed at promoting environments where “workers and managers actively contribute to the working environment by promoting and protecting the health, safety and well-being of all employees.”
As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO):
- Work is good for mental health but a negative working environment can lead to physical and mental health problems.
- Depression and anxiety have a significant economic impact; the estimated cost to the global economy is US$ 1 trillion per year in lost productivity.
- Harassment and bullying at work are commonly reported problems, and can have a substantial adverse impact on mental health.
- There are many effective actions that organizations can take to promote mental health in the workplace; such actions may also benefit productivity.
The European Psychiatric Association (EPA) endorses the initiative and its theme, which are both fully in line with the Declaration on Quality of Psychiatry and Mental Health Care in Europe adopted by EPA in 2013, stating that the level of civilization of a society can best be measured by the quality of care that it offers to its children, the elderly and all individuals vulnerable because of impairments due to illness or other reasons.
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