New Delhi, April 7: Yes! You read that right. Workplace depression is a thing now and that too a very crucial problem for working generation. A study report reveals that one in every four mental health problems occurring in people is due to 'workplace depression'.
So if you are one of those bosses who push their employees towards long working hours, tight deadlines and other such issues, you are responsible for their worsening mental health.
Long working hours, tight deadlines, long journeys from home to the office in traffic are all factors that contribute to workplace induced mental health problems, Chee Ng, Professor at the University of Melbourne, said in a statement.
"One in every four mental health problems arises due to workplace depression. Not only does this reduce productivity, but also affects the cost to the business," Ng said.
So technically, the pressure bosses put on your employee indirectly hurts the company's productivity and automatically its business.
On the occasion of World Health Day, a seminar was held on this year theme- "Depression: Let's talk about what we all should know".
The seminar was organised by Jindal Global university in association with the university of Melbourne, Australia, and was attended by academicians and mental health experts from both the countries.
Talking about India, five crores of our population is suffering from depression. Which means, 1 crore 25 lakh people of India are suffering from workplace depression.
"India has a total of only 898 clinical psychologists, one for every 13 lakh people and a total of 3,800 psychiatrists, one for every 3,30,000," said Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences.
"There is a need for mental health services to be available in each district across the country and the essential drug list to be available free of cost in government hospitals," Sahni added.
Considering the rising cases of depression nowadays, there is a need for people to be aware that depression occurs not due to a person's weakness, but because of imbalances in the brain chemistry.
"Globalisation has not only impacted the socio-economic status of individuals but their mental well-being as well," noted Ian Everall, Professor at the University of Melbourne.
"Today, 4.4 percent of the world's population is suffering from depression. Only 50 percent of people suffering from depression receive treatment," he said.
"This lack of treatment affects a person's productivity and causes huge losses to companies and the country as a whole."
According to the seminar, India needs to lower the work pressure to increase the country's position in global economy. It's high time we Indians denied the existence of depression and made depressed people feel even more bad about their condition.
(Inputs from IANS)