World Mental Health Day 2017: MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE

October 10, 2017

October 10th 2017 marks an anniversary: We come together to celebrate World Mental Health Day for the 25th time! World Federation for Mental Health founded the awareness day in 1992 and since then people all over the world are holding events, making announcements and celebrating #WorldMentalHealthDay.

“Mental Health in the Workplace” is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017.

The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is an international membership organization founded in 1948 to advance, among all peoples and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health.

One in four adults will experience mental health difficulties, yet prejudice and discrimination are significant barriers that deprive people of their dignity. To make dignity in mental health a reality requires every member of society to work together. It requires action in the community and, importantly, in the workplace.

Here are some workplace stats:

10% of the employed population have taken time off work for depression.

36 - An average of 36 workdays are lost per depression episode.

50% of people with depression are untreated.

43% of managers want better policies. People find it difficult to disclose that they have mental health difficulties in the workplace—yet nobody is immune from mental health difficulties.