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World Mental Health Day brings workers’ wellbeing into focus

Colinda Linde of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) says workers shouldn't hesitate in seeking help.

Picture: pixabay.com

CAPE TOWN - Mental health in the workplace is this year's theme for World Mental Health Day.

More than 300 million people suffer from depression globally and more than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders.

Colinda Linde of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) says workers shouldn't hesitate in seeking help.

“At the end of the day, your mind is the thing that dominates everything else, including your health and how you perform. It seems to be ‘okay’ when you have medical illnesses but when it’s psychological it seems to be not okay.”

According to the World Health Organisation, anxiety and depression are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work productively.

A recent Sadag led survey found that 61% disclosed their mental illness to their managers.

However, 69% of respondents experienced a negative or no response when they had discussed it with them.

Sadag operations director Cassey Chambers says: “This is one of the reasons why it’s vital to examine how mental health is managed in the workplace and what procedures are in place to ensure that affected employees are encouraged to and supported in seeking treatment.”

The study surveyed 499 people, of which 79% were female and 21% males.

At least 59% of respondents were aged between 31 and 50.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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