Niosh: Help workers stay sane and happy


Monday October 30, 2006

Niosh: Help workers stay sane and happy

PETALING JAYA: Guidelines for promoting mental healthcare in all workplaces should be introduced in view of the competitive and stressful work environment these days.

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said such guidelines were necessary to ensure the happiness and well-being of workers and their families.

There is an increasing number of workers who are likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and mental stress in relation to their jobs and work lives.

Cases of attempted suicide involving workers have also been on the rise in recent years.

Suicide has become the third leading cause of death among Malaysians aged between 15 and 34 and the number of people contemplating suicide in the 18 to 40 age bracket is also on the rise, he said in a statement yesterday.

When promoting healthcare measures, employers should consider the specific nature of mental health problems, the individual worker’s privacy and problems relating to family and lifestyle, among others, said Lee.

A healthy and educated workforce will ensure improved productivity. The stress factors at workplaces that affect mental health should be understood from various view points so that they can be addressed effectively, he added.

Lee suggested that employers formulate a fundamental programme that focused on identifying problems at the workplace related to mental health, securing the necessary resources to develop the mental healthcare programme, as well as measures for protecting workers’ privacy and improving the work environment.

suicide is like a finishing touch, what they should worry about on the way is sex offenders,weird eating habits and weird hobbies that other large stressful countries are facing.