Mental health in the workplace is the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day. Triora looks at the risk factors for developing an addiction including the risks to mental health at work.
Once someone has developed an addiction, they will remain addicted for the rest of their lives. Alcoholism for example, is a chronic disease. It could develop from work-related stress leading to a burnout or depression, but once the burnout or depression has been cured, the addiction remains, underlining the need for a supportive working environment.
11 risks to mental health at work
Work is a key factor in supporting and protecting mental health. However, a negative working environment can itself cause physical and mental health problems, and lead to harmful use of substances or alcohol. The resulting costs to the employer from absenteeism, presenteeism (persistently working longer hours for fear of losing one’s job), reduced productivity and staff turnover are significant. Common risks to mental health in the workplace include:
3 top priorities for action
There is a growing recognition of the importance of good mental health and wellbeing at work, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes good business sense. 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.
A workplace mental health and wellbeing survey conducted in the UK identified 3 top priorities for action (1):
Mental health in the workplace, WHO information sheet, September 2017
Added value: mental health as a workplace asset, (pdf) Unum and Mental Health Foundation in the UK.
Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders, (pdf) Global Health Estimates, WHO
(1) A workplace mental health and wellbeing survey commissioned from YouGov by Unum and Mental Health Foundation combining a sample of around 1,000 people who have self-defined as having mental health problems, with a further sample of around 1,000 people with line management responsibilities.
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