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Today's Geriatric Medicine
E-Newsletter    November 2022
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Editor's E-Note

Anxiety and depression have a significant impact on employees, resulting in missed workdays and greatly affecting the global economy. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization have joined forces to call for action to address mental health issues affecting the workforce. WHO’s guidelines recommend actions that address workplace issues that create mental disturbances.

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— Kate Jackson, editor
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The Toll of Workplace Problems

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

An estimated 12 billion workdays are lost annually due to depression and anxiety, costing the global economy nearly $1 trillion. Two new publications that aim to address this issue have been published: WHO Guidelines on mental health at work and a derivative WHO/ILO policy brief.


WHO’s 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. For the first time WHO recommends manager training, to build their capacity to prevent stressful work environments and respond to workers in distress.

WHO’s World Mental Health Report, published in June 2022, showed that of one billion people living with a mental disorder in 2019, 15% of working-age adults experienced a mental disorder. Work amplifies wider societal issues that negatively affect mental health, including discrimination and inequality. Bullying and psychological violence (also known as “mobbing”) is a key complaint of workplace harassment that has a negative impact on mental health. Yet discussing or disclosing mental health remains a taboo in work settings globally.

The guidelines also recommend better ways to accommodate the needs of workers with mental health conditions, propose interventions that support their return to work and, for those with severe mental health conditions, provide interventions that facilitate entry into paid employment. Importantly, the guidelines call for interventions aimed at the protection of health, humanitarian, and emergency workers.

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