According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care 10 percent of Zimbabwean workers take time off due to depression. According to the Ministry, depression in the workplace is caused by lack of autonomy, reduced job resources, low job resources and low job satisfaction.
In a statement, Ministry of Health and Child Care said, “One in five people in the workplace experience a mental health condition and 10 percent of the employed population have taken time off work due to depression. An average of 36 workdays are lost per depression episode and half of those who suffer depression are untreated.”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines depression as a mental disorder, characterised by loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities. WHO says it is also the leading cause of disability in the world.
10 October is World Health Day and the 2017 theme is ‘Mental health in the workplace.’
The Ministry of Health and Child Care added that about 70 percent of people with mental illness hide their condition from others, due to fear of discrimination when looking for a job. “Many studies document high prevalence of stress in the workplace in the form of high workload and complexity, time pressures and work conflicts. Employers can appreciate workers and policies and practices that promote and support employee health wellness as part of the solution.”
The Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Aldrin Musiiwa, said Government was working to provide mental patients with drugs and the needed necessary services.