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Study Advocates New Approach Toward Workplace Mental Health

Topics: Safety/health

Employers have an obligation to provide and maintain workplace safety, including managing workplace mental health. To that end, employers should implement preventive measures to optimize the fit between individual workers and their psychosocial, organizational, and physical working environment. This study incorporates previous learnings, as well as globally collected data, to develop a strategy that can be used to help implement an industry-specific mental health program.

Background

One in four people worldwide will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Approximately 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing these disorders among the leading causes of ill health and disability worldwide.

Amidst a background of necessary organizational change, evolving technology, and complex personnel needs, the workplace is emerging as a central risk to the ongoing mental health of workers across the globe. A workplace also can be an inadvertent risk to aggravate pre-existing issues. The increasing interdependence of work and health presents both an increased risk and a potential opportunity for workplaces to be better prepared to meet the needs of workers in most industrialized societies.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 192949, “Mental Health in the Workplace: Leading Global Health Risk,” by Anna Feringa, Independent Consultant, prepared for the 2018 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, Abu Dhabi, 12–15 November. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Study Advocates New Approach Toward Workplace Mental Health

01 August 2019

Volume: 71 | Issue: 8

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