Press release: Dianova and the NGO Committee on Mental Health of NY join the WHO global campaign on mental health in the workplace
A recent study carried out by the World Health Organization estimated that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in productivity loss.
Barcelona, 9 October 2017,
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year with the overall objective of raising awareness and mobilising efforts in support of better mental health. Mental health in the workplace is the theme chosen by the WHO for the 2017 World Mental Health Day.
During our adult lives, we spend a considerable proportion of our time at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors that determines our overall well-being.
In the 21st century, the mental health and well-being of employees has become essential to the organizations’ success. To this end, business owners, managers and those in human resources must promote positive mental health in the workplace, understand and prevent situations that cause stress and other mental health issues, support workers who suffer from of such issues and develop effective policies in order to reintegrate people who have experienced mental health issues and to provide them with employment. A negative working environment may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and productivity loss.
Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders which have an impact on our ability to work and to do so productively. Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the main cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many live with both disorders.
During the last decade, the Dianova International network has focused on education and the promotion of health through the implementation of international campaigns to increase social awareness among young people and parents/families of the risks associated with illegal or legal drug abuse and behavioural addiction.
Dianova is represented in 3 continents and 18 countries, this is why we hope that this year’s campaign will give this issue visibility and encourage policymakers to provide adapted resources.
In addition to the members of the Dianova International network, the campaign will be more far-reaching in the United States because it will be held in partnership with the NGO Committee on Mental Health based in New York and will also have the participation of organizations such as: the American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, the International Psychoanalytical Association, the International Council of Nurses and the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health.
From 9 to 13 October, through images with messages and calls to action, the campaign invites the public to follow a series of recommendations on the issue of mental health, as well as to share messages on social networks, facilitating illustrations and contents available on www.dianova.ngo
Dianova is an international NGO which comprises associations and foundations operating in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Dianova’s member organizations contribute to the development of individuals, communities and organizations through a variety of programmes and interventions in the social, health and humanitarian sectors.
Special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations(ECOSOC) – Registered civil society organization to the Organization of American States (OAS) – In consultative relationship with UNESCO.
- Ms. Montserrat Rafel Herrero, Director-General
- Tel. +34 93 636 57 30
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Web: www.dianova.ngo
About the NGO Committee on Mental Health
The Mental Health NGO Committee fosters collaboration among NGOs with consultative status in the United Nations Economic and Social Council with the aim of strengthening efforts to raise awareness and appreciation of the issues related to mental health in the United Nations agenda.