On World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the European Alliance for Mental Health – Employment and Work (EUMH Alliance) highlights the importance of including mental health as part of a timely debate on the Future of Work in the EU.
‘There has been an explosion in the number of working days lost due to mental health problems’, said Kerstin Evelius, National Coordinator for mental health, Swedish Ministry of Social Affairs, speaking at the recent joint Finnish and UK seminar on mental health
Finding the right balance between work and personal life is not always easy. We live in a world dominated by pressure at work and where digitalisation always makes it possible for everyone to be reached everywhere, at all times.
Eurocadres offers training for trade unions on psychosocial health risks.
The EU Commission clarifies that employers are obliged to protect workers from psychosocial risks and that these risks have to be duly taken into account in the risk assessment process.
Quality of working life, is a new thematic priority of Eurocadres. Adding psychosocial health in the Framework directive on occupational safety and health, strengthening parental leave rights and support for the women on boards directive are three of many proposals.
EU Joint Action on Mental Health and Well-being has published its recommendations including one on Mental Health at workplaces. Eurocadres has now raised the issue in the framework of the EU-level cross-sectoral Social Dialogue.
As many as 53% of workers see stress as biggest occupational risk. 1 in 6 workers will suffer from mental health problems, Costs 240 billion euros per year.