Can we talk about mental health?

Despite what some people will have you believe, nobody is perfect. On World Mental Health Day, October 10, we aim to ensure the right environment to support work-life balance and stability. It’s important for us and for the customers we serve.

The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks depression as the single largest contributor to global disability, and estimates over 300 million people (4.4 percent of the world’s population) suffer from it. Mental health in the workplace is the topic of this year’s World Mental Health Day.

It can happen to anyone, anywhere

Mental illness doesn’t respect geographies. The percentage of depressive disorders among the population is the same in Venezuela, Uzbekistan, and China, according to the WHO. It’s not to do with weather and latitude, either. Depressive disorders are higher among the population of Italy and Spain than Iceland and Norway, the WHO finds. Wealthy nations aren’t immune, either: the U.S. and Australia have a higher rate of depressive disorders than many poorer countries.

Aiming to address the risks

In our third report on ‘income protection gaps’ Zurich aims to help our customers find solutions to support those who otherwise might face financial hardship due to injury or long-term illness, including depression.

For our employees, we strive to promote a work environment that encourages recognizing problems and taking active measures early to address issues, and ensure that our workplaces encourage diversity and an inclusive culture

For communities we are keen to provide support. For example, in Ireland we work through the ‘Tackle Your Feelings Campaign,’ together with Rugby Players Ireland to strengthen mental health support for employees and local communities.

Where to turn

Being aware of problems is the first step toward turning things around. Maybe it’s useful advice for a friend of yours. Or maybe even for you. Sometimes problems go away by themselves. That’s great. When they don’t, however, realize you are not alone. After all, nobody’s perfect. Want more information? Some of these publications might be useful: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/handouts-depression

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