Don’t worry — we ain’t ditching our Why theme (don’t know about it? Check our previous articles). We just wanted to sneak in this guy — a webinar on Mental Health at Workplaces on 9th October 2019 at 6pm IST, to bring in World Mental Health Day. Read on!
Today we operate in an environment where some businesses are the size of some countries — be it the sheer number of people they employ or the revenue they generate. If Walmart were a country, it would rank 24 in terms of size (comparing GDP to sales) — somewhere between Poland and Sweden. (WHAT!?)
As businesses grow to be the size of some countries, they hold a unique opportunity to affect the lives of people who work for them. What’s more, with this scale, they have the potential to innovate on ways to address issues that plague societies at large. Just like our governments (should) do. Let’s talk of one such issue.
Attention to health!
Why is health important and why should governments invest in it is well understood. But why should it be a domain of focus for businesses, is interesting to learn.
It’s simple. A healthy workforce can drive economic gains for firms, and firms clearly have the resources to invest in their workforce. Put together, this can improve the health of the workforce and the business, while making the journey of employment of a worker more joyful.
But do businesses or even smaller organizations realize what investing in the health of their workforce entails?
What the health?
Speaking of health with blinkers on, solely reading physical health, is an issue. So today, we want to mark a transition and talk about mental health, an equally important aspect of our lives.
Focus on mental health is a recent phenomenon, and people talking about it, even more.
WHO defines mental health as an integral part of health and more than just the absence of mental illnesses. Mental health and substance use disorders, comprising depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug use, are significantly under-reported despite a high prevalence across countries. If one were to explore why, unscientific reasons like social taboos and stigma would surface. Is this healthy?
Less attention and treatment for such disorders do little to assuage the situation. Unfortunately, this leads to a growing population, which is unaware of the cause, effect and consequences of mental health disorders. A recent WHO-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost productivity.
Now, are you reading this in your work hours? Do you realize, we (will) spend a significant number of years at work? For that reason alone, taking care of our mental health at work is crucial. After all our mental (and physical) wellbeing at work shapes our wellbeing in life.
“A healthy workplace can be described as one where workers and managers actively contribute to the working environment by promoting and protecting the health, safety and well-being of all employees. Such workplaces that promote mental health are more likely to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and benefit from associated economic gains.”
In spirit of World Mental Health Day and as a step towards generating awareness, we are organizing a webinar on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 at 6pm IST to talk about mental health at workplaces. After all healthy workers are happy workers. Tune in to hear from our panelists and chime in with questions, comments, and stories.
//Andelyn Russell, PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania, will talk about ‘Buddy System’, a research study that seeks to explore the impact of reducing loneliness among female migrant workers.
//Prerna Bhagi, Protection manager, ACTED, will focus on her work in Libya and how mental health situates itself in the humanitarian response sector.
//Jaclyn Schess, Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, and Founder and President of Generation Mental Health, will talk about her qualitative study on alcohol dependency and economic outcomes.
//Rhea Yadav, Consultant, Dalberg, will talk about a recent study conducted by them to understand the prevalence and drivers of the mental wellbeing of development sector professionals.
What The Health!
See you there.
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