WHO ILO seek concrete action to tackle mental health issues in workplaces

World Health Organization, WHO and the International Labour Organization, ILO have called for concrete actions to address mental health concerns in the working population.

WHO laments that an estimated 12 billion workdays are lost annually due to depression and anxiety costing the global economy nearly 1 trillion dollar.

The WHO global guidelines on mental health at work recommend actions to tackle risks to mental health such as heavy workloads, negative behaviors and other factors that create distress at work.

WHO Director General, Tedros Ghebreyesus said it was time to focus on the detrimental effect work can have on our mental health.

He said that the aim was to support the prevention of mental health risks, protect and promote mental health at work, and support those with mental health conditions, so they can participate and thrive in the world of work.

The organisations World Mental Health Report, published in June 2022, shows that of one billion people living with a mental disorder in 2019, 15 per cent of working-age adults experienced a mental disorder.