According to the WHO, globally, an estimated 264 million people suffer from depression, one of the leading causes of disability, with many of these people also suffering from symptoms of anxiety.
Depression and anxiety disorders are estimated to cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost productivity. In the European Union, stress, depression, and anxiety are the 2nd most common types of work-related health problems with nearly 45% of workers facing risk factors for their mental wellbeing at work (EU Labour Force Survey, 2020).
Mental health can affect both businesses and their employees due to its influence on wellbeing, job performance, and productivity. While a negative working environment may lead to physical and mental health problems, absenteeism, and lost productivity, workplaces that promote mental health and support people with mental disorders are more likely to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, and benefit from associated economic gains.
There are in other words strong human and economic reasons for businesses to focus more on mental health programmes and to create a culture of safety, health, and wellbeing.
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