17 Oct 2017 18:10pm
REHOBOTH, 17 OCT (NAMPA) A belated commemoration of World Mental Health Day was held here on Tuesday.
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.
This years theme was Mental Health in the Workplace.
The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
Speaking at the event, Dr Dibwe Fita of the Ministry of Health and Social Services said all people affected by mental illness should know that there is hope for them to have a productive and successful life if they are on treatment.
During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work, and our experiences in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing, Fita noted.
He said employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees, but also in their productivity at work.
In her keynote speech, Hardap Governor Esme Isaack said many Namibians struggle with mental health issues on a daily basis.
Mental issues call for an inclusive and collective support system to remedy the plight, Isaack said.
She further said mental health has a critical impact on economic development and well-being.
Productivity losses from absenteeism associated with mental health problems are substantial and appear to be increasing, therefore it is imperative to create and maintain a mental health friendly working environment, she said.
The Rehoboth event was organised by the Rehoboth Community Library in collaboration with the Namibia Disability Association and local organisation for children with disabilities, Lebensschule Rehoboth.
It was preceded by a march by community members.