Today the International Labour Organization and World Health Organization are calling for new measures to tackle mental health issues at work. The United Nations Field Staff Union, and UNISERV – United Nations International Civil Servants’ Federation call on the United Nations Senior leadership to take serious these guidelines and make it a priority to develop concrete action plans to prevent mental health problems that are generated through the work environments our staff work in.
“It’s time to focus on the detrimental effect work can have on our mental health,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “The well-being of the individual is reason enough to act, but poor mental health can also have a debilitating impact on a person’s performance and productivity. These new guidelines can help prevent negative work situations and cultures and offer much-needed mental health protection and support for working people.”
“As people spend a large proportion of their lives in work – a safe and healthy working environment is critical. We need to invest to build a culture of prevention around mental health at work, reshape the work environment to stop stigma and social exclusion, and ensure employees with mental health conditions feel protected and supported,” said, Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General.
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