Mental health

Mental health policies and programmes in the workplace

WHO mental health policy and service guidance package - module 13

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: xiii, 81 p.
Publication date: 2005
Languages: English
ISBN: 9241546794
WHO reference number: WA 495 2005ME



Work substantially contributes to one’s identity. It provides income for an individual and their family and gives the feeling of playing a useful role in society. However, the nature of work is changing rapidly and factors such as the globalization of markets, urbanization and migration, and the advancements in information technology are impacting on the nature of work and the health and mental health of employees. This module outlines the types of mental health problems encountered in the workplace, their causes and impact. Importantly, it provides guidance to workplaces on how to develop and implement a workplace mental health policy and strategies to improve the mental health of employees.

This module is part of the WHO Mental Health Policy and Service Guidance Package. The package consists of a series of interrelated user-friendly modules designed to address the wide variety of needs and priorities in policy development and service planning. Each module addresses a core aspect of mental health.