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World Mental Health Day


World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is observed every year, on October 10. Its main objective is raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, an international membership organization with members and contacts in more than 100 countries.

“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

World Health Organization

In its field of expertise, occupational health and safety, the IRSST helps find solutions to occupational mental health problems, solutions that range from prevention to rehabilitation and employment retention. In recent years, the Institute has focused its efforts on designing practical tools for all types of organizations and for workers, managers and OHS professionals and practitioners.

Here, for example, are three guides on the subject:

Sometimes the cause and sometimes the consequence of mental health problems, interpersonal violence is a concern in workplaces.  Researchers have joined forces to develop a website offering a practical and proven approach aimed at sustainably preventing workplace violence in all types of organizations.

How to evaluate the factors that influence the long-term sick leave and return to work of individuals with a mental health problem (MHP)?