WHO and ILO set out guidelines to tackle mental health issues at work

WHO and ILO called for a need to take concrete measures to target mental health in the working environment.  The article stated “an estimated 12 billion workdays are lost annually due to depression and anxiety costing the global economy nearly US$ 1 trillion.” 

Both organizations had made two new publications related to this: 1) WHO Guidelines on mental health at work and 2) WHO/ILO Policy brief, which will set out the strategies and recommendations for tackling the issue. One such recommendation is to have manager trainings to handle and prevent stressful environments and better respond to affected workers. The documents also outlines ways to accommodate the needs of workers with mental conditions and mainly calls for interventions to protect the overall mental health of the health workers, humanitarian workers and emergency workers.

The recent 2022 WHO World Mental Health Report also highlighted that in 2019, “of one billion people living with a mental disorder in 2019, 15% of working-age adults experienced a mental disorder”. 


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