Here we are continuing our newsletter extracts of articles on
health & wellness
from the World Health Organisation. This one is written by
Health Policy Analyst
Health Division – Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
Effectively incorporating multiple ways to boost mental health & wellness, and guard against mental ill-health or mental distress, has great potential to improve the medical, social and economic well-being of people across Europe. Focusing on the economic dimension, where the OECD has undertaken considerable service, we have shown clearly that mental illness does not just reduce the well-being of affected people and their entourage.
The significant burden of mental illness also comes along with very high health care bill and economic costs, which can exceed 4% of GDP. The OECDs science research study Fit Mind, Fit Job suggests the winners and losers and that people with poor mental health are much less likely to be in work, and more likely to be absent from work when they are employed. Depending on the severity of the mental illness, the employment gap can be 15 to 30 percentage points relative to the rest of the population. Not surprisingly, people suffering from mental ill-heath are 30% to 100% more likely to be poor than the total population.
This gets popular coverage on Facebook and Twitter and other media links than it did in the past with more people willing to share their experience.
Tackling this economic burden demands that policies across all sectors give due attention to promoting a view on mental well-being and addressing mental ill-health and their living standards. To address exactly this challenge, the OECD has developed a set of main policy guidelines for an integrated approach to address the impact of mental health problems on health, education, employment and social outcomes.
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