Join us for a timely live virtual conversation on mental health in the workplace. GIBS faculty, Dr Frank Magwegwe will moderate this conversation among a diverse panel of professionals that includes, Dr Lungi Nyathi, Anton Engelbrecht, Dr Frans A Korb, and Navlika Ratangee as exploring the duty of care organisations have towards employee mental health.
Employers, insurance companies, medical aids, doctors, employee wellness providers, and mental health practitioners are raising concerns about increasing levels of poor mental health among the general population. There is consensus that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the mental health situation in South Africa and across the globe.
According to the United Nations, before the COVID-19 pandemic, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions accounted for about 13% of the global burden of disease and cost the global economy over $1 trillion per year and are the “greatest causes of misery in our world1.” The World Health Organization estimates that anxiety disorders affect 275 million people worldwide while depression affects 264 million people. Research indicates that in South Africa, depression affects 1 in 4 employees, 8 in 10 employees will continue working despite depression, absenteeism due to depression costs the economy nearly R30 billion per year while R200 billion per year is lost due to employees with depression reporting for work whilst unwell (presenteeism)2
Date: 19 October 2021
Time: 12:00 - 13:00