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Employers urged to support workers with mental illness

Published:Tuesday | October 10, 2017 | 9:42 AM

As World Mental Health Day 2017 is being commemorated globally, employers are being urged to provide support for workers who may be afflicted with mental-health issues.

The Ministry says one in every five persons in the workplace has mental-health issues.

Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in the Ministry, Dr Maureen Irons-Morgan, reportedly told JIS News that two of the most common issues dealt with each day are anxiety and depression.

She says these conditions can affect productivity in the workplace.

However, she says the ministry is concerned that people are being discriminated against by some employers when they disclose they have mental-health problems.

She says the way to deal with this is to help employers to understand more about mental-health conditions.

Irons-Morgan points out that while the ability to do work is a marker of mental health, it is important to note that there are issues in the workplace that can affect a person’s mental health.                                        

She explains that for some people, it might be workload issues that trigger it, and for others, family issues.

World Mental Health Day is being observed under the theme ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’.