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New global WHO guidelines on mental health at work



WHO’s World mental health report, published in June 2022, showed that approximately one in six working-age adults in the world live with a mental disorder and that work amplifies social issues that negatively affect mental health, including discrimination and inequality.

In this context, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have called for concrete measures to tackle mental health issues at work, on two new publications – WHO Guidelines on mental health at work and a derivative WHO/ILO policy brief.

The guidelines recommend better ways to accommodate the needs of workers with mental health conditions, propose interventions that support their return to work and, for those with severe mental health conditions, provide interventions that facilitate entry into paid employment.

The WHO/ILO policy brief explains the WHO guidelines into practical strategies for governments, employers and workers and their organizations, in the public and private sectors.

More information on the Joint News Release

In relation to this topic read our OSHwiki article about “Mental health at work”