At the opening of the Davos summit there was an interesting session about mental health and why it needs a new approach. Some quotes from the discussion:
"We need a new approach to mental health and wellbeing at work, major CEOs argued at Davos. Recognising a 24-hour culture that blurs the division between home and work, corporate leaders explored solutions for a healthier future.
“What happens in a day of life at work? It’s so different now…. We were taught to believe that you can leave your problems at home and come and focus on the work, now your problems walk with you every day, every minute, every hour, and it’s because in a large part of the technology and the connections,” said Bernard Tyson, CEO of health company Kaiser Permanente. The crossover cuts both ways: one study found US workers spent on average five hours every weekend checking work email."
“How do we rethink people policies that allow individuals to really breathe, to have a sense of wholeness and of being in charge of their lives?”
"Around the world, one in four people will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in their life time, while depression is the biggest cause of disability worldwide. By 2030, the cost to the global economy of all mental health problems could amount to $16 trillion."
Speakers at this session were: The Duke of Cambridge, Becky Quick, John Flint, Jacinda Ardern, Bernard J. Tyson, Dixon Chibanda