Psychological Well-Being at Work Is Key to Employees' Productivity: HMC’s Mental Health Service

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Published October 15th, 2017 - 10:32 GMT
Iain Tulley, HMC's Mental Health Services CEO
Iain Tulley, HMC's Mental Health Services CEO

Increasingly more people are talking about mental wellness in the workplace and the importance of psychological well-being in relation to overall health. In recognition of this, the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed annually on 10 October, is ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression and anxiety disorders can have an impact on a person’s ability to both work, and work productively. The WHO says employers and managers who establish workplace initiatives that promote mental wellness and support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity.

The world health body states that, globally, more than 300 million people live with depression, a leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders, and many of these people live with both.

Workplace stress can result in habitual absence from work and going to work despite being unwell and also higher rates of accidents and injuries. There are many contributing factors in the workplace that can lead to stress, burnout, and depression. These include poor work organization, excessive workload, conflicting roles, job insecurity, lack of support from higher management, and ineffective communication.

“Our mental health is affected by social, biological and psychological factors. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood,” says Dr. Majid Al Abdulla, Deputy Chair of Psychiatry at HMC’s Mental Health Service.

“Mental illness is not something to be embarrassed about or seen as a hopeless situation. In many cases, mental health problems can go away and many people recover completely. Learning about various coping techniques can help individuals deal with stress which can often impact on a person’s mental well-being,” he added.

Mr. Iain Tulley, Mental Health Services CEO recommends that organizations, especially large ones with many employees, consider introducing some form of an employee support program that can provide assistance through prevention and early intervention for employees affected by stress and emotional and mental health problems.

“Keeping well is very important, but at times of need, we encourage seeking professional help as soon as possible. The first contact should be with a primary healthcare physician,” he said.

Dr. Al Abdulla adds that at HMC, there is a broad spectrum of services on offer under the Corporation’s Mental Health Services, which cover the entire age range from children to older people.

HMC’s Mental Health Services can be accessed in a number of ways including referral from within HMC, and primary health care and private clinics.  Children and adolescents can be referred by a doctor, counselor or school representative to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Healthcare professionals interested in learning more about best practice in mental health can attend the 6th Qatar International Mental Health Conference, scheduled to take place from 30 November to 2 December 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Doha. For more information, visit hamad.qa.

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Hamad Medical Corporation

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the main provider of secondary and tertiary healthcare in Qatar and one of the leading hospital providers in the Middle East.

For more than four decades, HMC has been dedicated to delivering the safest, most effective and compassionate care to all its patients.

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