Workers’ mental health assessed

2017-10-18 06:03

The Northern Cape Department of Health has committed itself to con­ducting a study to determine the prevalence of mental health conditions in the workplace during the 2018-’19 financial year.

The Northern Cape MEC for Health, Lebogang Motlhaping, made the announcement a week after the global community had observed World Mental Health Day, observed each year on 10 October, to urge society to come forward and openly discuss these once-ignored illnesses.

This years’ mental health awareness theme chosen by the World Federation for Mental Health is “Mental Health in the Workplace”.

According to Motlhaping, the study would determine the prevalence of mental health conditions at work­places across the province as a whole.

Motlhaping pointed out that inten­sifying efforts to address employees’ mental health could heighten efficiency and employee retention.

He urged employers to adhere to a call made by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to change the climate of fear regarding mental health in the workplace and become agents of change in society.

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