The government has moved to address increasing mental health issues in the workplace.
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with partners Thursday launched National Guidelines on Workplace Mental Wellness which aim to empower organizations to foster mental well-being, prevent mental illnesses, and offer vital support to employees facing these challenges.
The Ministry avers that the rise in mental health challenges has significantly affected the productivity and performance of our workforce.
“These guidelines aim to empower organizations to foster mental well-being, prevent mental illnesses, and offer vital support to employees facing these challenges,” said MOH.
According to Acting Director General for Health, Dr. Patrick Amoth, an average adult spends 35 hours a week at work and is experiencing at least one mental health condition.
“Workplace mental wellness has been a priority issue in the last few years. Strategic approaches to a healthy work environment involve promotion, prevention, support and care” he said at the launch that was garecd by key government stakeholders.
He observes that Mental well-being is critical for creating a healthy working environment.
A representative from the Ministry of Education hailed the policy while rooting for strategies that need to be put in place to implement positive employee well-being which will improve productivity performance and quality of life.
Lukoye Atwoli, a Professor of Psychiatry described the launch as another milestone on the journey towards better mental health for all in Kenya.
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