Work can have a positive effect on mental health. Studies show that people with jobs are in better mental health than those who do not work. Indeed, in addition to providing income, employment promotes social interaction and develops skills and self-esteem.
However, working conditions and contexts are not always conducive to maintaining good mental health
According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, almost a quarter of the Canadian population experiences work-related mental-health issues. These problems may lead to one or more of the following consequences in the workplace:
In Canada, over 30% of disability claims submitted to insurance companies are related to mental illness.
Anxiety disorders and depression are among the most common mental illnesses in the workplace. “Burnout” is also very common. Even though burnout is not officially identified as a mental illness, it is understood to be the result of chronic work-related stress.
Some risk factors related to working conditions can favor the development of certain mental illnesses:
Certain personal, social and economic elements can also be risk factors. As such, personal or family difficulties and financial problems, combined with work requirements, can sometimes have an effect on the mental health of some people. Such individuals can experience temporary psychological distress, have difficulty adapting or even exhibit symptoms of a mental illness.
To learn more about the risk factors of mental illness, read Mental Health (Mental Illness).
Prejudice, stigma, and discrimination associated with mental illness can worsen the suffering of people with a mental disorder.
To learn more, read Fighting the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness.
You can maintain good mental health at work and prevent symptoms of mental illness.
Concrete action will help you maintain good mental health at work.
Also, keep in mind that the sooner one seeks help when initial symptoms of mental illness appear, the greater the chances of a quick recovery. To learn about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and to know when to seek help, read Mental Health (Mental Illness).
If you are thinking about suicide and fear for your safety or that of those around you, read the information page on suicide prevention. It includes information on all available help and resources.
Last update: November 1, 2017 10:44 AM
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