1 In 4 Mental Illnesses Due To Workplace Depression, Say Experts

4.4 per cent of the world's population is suffering from depression. Only 50 per cent of people suffering from depression receive treatment, says expert.

New Delhi: One in four mental health problems occur in people due to depression at workplace, say experts.

According to Chee Ng, Professor at the University of Melbourne, some of the factors that induce mental health problems are long working hours, tight deadlines and long journeys from home to the office in traffic.

“One in every four mental health problems arises due to workplace depression. Not only does this reduce productivity, but also affects cost to the business,” Mr Ng was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

Mr Ng spoke at the seminar titled ‘Depression: Let’s talk about what we all should know’.

According to World Health OrganiSation, five crore Indians are suffering from 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.

He added that essential drug list should be made available free of cost in government hospitals

Imbalances in the brain chemistry leads to depression and is not caused by the fact that a person is weak.

“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.

He added that 4.4 per cent of the world’s population is suffering from depression. Only 50 per cent of people suffering from depression receive treatment. This affects a person’s productivity and causes huge losses to companies.

(With inputs from IANS)

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