The theme for this year’s world mental health day 10th October 2017 is “MENTAL HEALTH IN WORK PLACE”. we spend more than half of our active adult life at our work place hence it becomes very important to take care of our mental health at work place, cause your work place affects your mental health and your mental health affects your work place.
Mental health issues are currently one of the major contributors to global disability world wide
One third of illness-related worker absenteeism is tied to mental rather than physical disorders.
Depression is currently ranked fourth amongst global burden of diseases
India currently has the largest number of depressed patients in the world
India is also the suicide capital of the world with most suicides occurring in the age group of 15-29.
Majority of these suicides are preventable if the underlying mental health issue are addressed
Mental health disorders are disorders like physical disorders
Brain is an organ of the body that can get sick just like liver, heart or kidney. Chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters which regulate how people think, feel and act can get out of balance and hence result in mental health disorders like depression or anxiety etc.
Anyone can get a mental health issue regardless of age, race, economic status or environment. Stress can play a part in triggering or exacerbating a mental health issue.
One should not be ashamed of having a mental health issue like one is not ashamed of other illnesses like heart disease or diabetes
Shame and stigma are the main reasons people don’t seek and get the help they need.
Warning signs that point to a mental health problem
if you notice these new behavioural changes in yourself or someone close to you…
Frequent changes in the mood that is inappropriate to the situation eg feeling excessively low
Losing interest in things that were earlier enjoyed
Remaining withdrawn, not talking or interacting much
Frequent irritability, anger outbursts or violent episodes
Death wishes or suicidal ideas or plans
Increased alcohol or other substance use
Changes in sleep or appetite
Difficulty concentrating or forgetfulness
Excessive anxiety worry or apprehension
Not taking care of self or hygiene
Some tips for positive mental health in work place
Follow a routine
Prioritize things in life
Inculcate stress bursting activities like music, gardening etc
Take small breaks during work to de-stress
Do not take work to home or vice versa
Stop smoking and cut down alcohol
Share and ventilate your feelings with your loved ones
Seek professional help if you notice excessive stress or warning signs of mental health issues
How the organizations can improve mental health well being at work place
Reward and recognition for good work.
Making the employees partner in major decisions affecting their jobs
Improving communication at all levels of organization
Ensure right for and role for the employees.
Providing right opportunities for career growth
Flexible work timings
Promoting healthy lifestyle
Mental health awareness programs
Providing accessible mental health care through tie ups or reimbursement.
The time has come when organizations should realize the benefits of mentally healthy and committed work force for long term gains, hence mental health should be given the priority it deserves.
Dr Madhusudan Singh Solanki
Max Smart Superspeciality Hospital
Saket New Delhi 110017