Better Mental Health Equals To Greater Productivity

Better Mental Health Equals To Greater Productivity

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Priyanshi Agarwal started this petition to ILO INDIA and

"MENTAL HEALTH IS EQUIVALENT TO GREATER PRODUCTIVITY"

ACCORDING TO A SURVEY, ONE OUT OF EVERY FIVE INDIANS ARE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL DISORDERS AND 50% PERCENT OF THE CORPORATE INDIA IS UNDER CHRONIC STRESS. A WHO REPORT SUGGESTS THAT INDIA IS THE MOST DEPRESSED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND THE SAME REPORTS LISTS SUICIDE AS THE THIRD LARGEST CAUSE OF DEATH IN 15-35 YEAR OLDS. BUT STILL, AT THE MOMENT, INDIA SPENDS ONLY AND ONLY 0.06% OF ITS HEALTH BUDGET ON MENTAL HEALTHCARE. 

When it comes to health and well-being, the first thing that appears in most people’s heads is physical health. They talk about running, sports, etc. Nobody really talks about mental health. Mental health includes our psychological, social, and emotional well-being. It affects how one thinks, feels, and act in their daily life. Our ability to handle emotions, stress, how we socialize with others, and making decisions are greatly determined by our psychological state. If we do not have a good state of mind, it is very difficult to be productive.

 Much of the economic cost of mental illness stems from workers’ reduced productivity. The links between mental health and two alternative workplace productivity measures – absenteeism and presenteeism (i.e., lower productivity while attending work) – explicitly allowing these relationships to be moderated by the nature of the job itself. The absence rates are approximately five percent higher among workers who report being in poor mental health. Moreover, job conditions are related to both presenteeism and absenteeism even after accounting for workers’ self-reported mental health status. Job conditions are relatively more important in understanding diminished productivity at work if workers are in good rather than poor mental health. The effects of job complexity and stress on absenteeism do not depend on workers’ mental health, while job security and control moderate the effect of mental illness on absence days.  

Talking about students, we all know that being a student is stressful, but trying to juggle school work and other responsibilities while experiencing mental illness can make it even harder. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately one in five youth aged 13–18 live with mental health conditions and approximately 75 percent of people with mental health issues develop them prior to the age of 24. Mental health conditions can feel debilitating and scary, making some learners retreat inward rather than seek help. Students, parents, and educators looking for information can find many resources in this guide to help them live their best lives.                                                                                                                      

SO YES, MENTAL HEALTH IS A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE AND IT SHOULD BE TAKEN GOOD CARE OF. IT IS REALLY NECESSARY TO REMOVE THE STIGMA RELATED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND THUS, NORMALISE IT. 

THIS INITIATIVE, THUS, DEMANDS SCHOOLS AND WORKPLACES TO KEEP REGULAR MENTAL HEALTH CHECKS AND SPREAD AWARENESS REGARDING THIS SENSITIVE ISSUE AS WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET THAT MENTAL HEALTH IS EQUIVALENT TO GREATER PRODUCTIVITY.

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