WHO and ILO: Employee mental health should be protected

In the report prepared jointly by WHO and ILO, he mentioned that most of the human life is spent at work and mentioned the emerging psychological disorders. It was mentioned that conditions should be created to protect human psychology in working life.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) included the effects of working conditions on psychological health in their joint guide. For the first time, WHO recommended training for managers to prevent stressful work environments and build capacity to assist workers in distress.

According to the report, an estimated 12 billion working days are lost annually due to depression and anxiety, costing the global economy 1 trillion dollars, and new measures were called for to combat mental health problems in working life.

According to Bloomberg’s report, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “The time has come to focus on the harmful effects of work on our mental health. The well-being of the individual is sufficient reason for us to act; because poor mental health can have a devastating effect on an individual’s performance and productivity. The new guidance can help prevent negative situations and cultures in the workplace and provide working people with the mental health protection and support they need so much.”


ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said: “A healthy and safe working environment is critical, as people spend most of their lives at work. We need to invest in developing a culture of prevention in terms of mental health at work, reshaping the work environment in a way that does not include stigma and social exclusion, and ensuring that employees with mental health problems feel protected and supported.”

Its global epidemic caused a 25 percent increase in general anxiety and depression worldwide; It exposed how unprepared governments were in terms of the mental health impacts of the epidemic and demonstrated a chronic global shortage of mental health resources. In 2020, governments devoted, on average, 2 percent of their health budgets to mental health, and lower-middle-income countries less than 1 percent.

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