43 percent of employees in the private sector in India suffer from mental health issues: Study

We often pay attention to taking care of our physical health in our daily lives. However, paying attention to our mental health may have given the least importance. It is as much as important as other types of factors in our life. A recent study conducted by Assocham revealed that almost 43 percent of employees in the private sector in India suffer from mental health issues at work. A report by WHO in 2017 also states that 18 percent of depression cases worldwide originate from India.

Another study showed 37 percent of employees in the UK are suffering worse mental health now compared to pre-Covid levels. Inadequate health and safety policies, poor communication and management practices, limited participation in decision-making or low control over one’s area of work, low levels of support for employees, inflexible working hours, and unclear tasks or organizational objectives are some of the risks to include mental health.

Mental health refers to behavioral and emotional well-being. It is all about how people think, feel, and behave. People sometimes use the term “mental health” to mean the absence of a mental disorder. It can affect daily living, relationships, and physical health.

Although most mental disorder problems are common and treatable, the negative stereotypes or stigma associated with them often hold employees not to talk about the problem. Many employees fear losing the work relationships, risking the job type, hurting their reputation. 

The study found that the risk of strokes and heart attacks is twice as high in those employees with untreated mental-related problems. 

A 2016 survey of 200,000 professionals employed across 30 Indian firms found that 46 percent reported suffering extreme stress as a consequence of their work. Pressure related to their jobs had caused at-risk individuals to contemplate suicide.

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According to experts, this can be taken off by removing the stigma surrounding the issue through- Awareness Programmes and Open Discussions and Increasing Access to Resources and Programs. Mental-related issue training for employees can help them recognize the signs of a person who might be struggling with a mental health challenge and connect them to support resources.