Mental health at work
Mental Health mattersMental health is a key prerequisite for the performance and commitment of our people. Measures to maintain, promote and restore mental health are therefore an important ethical and economic concern for Siemens.
are affected by a mental health issue
during their life.
is the average sickness duration
for mental ill-health.
(BKK Gesundheitsreport 2018)
or more than 4% of GDP total costs
of mental ill-health across the 28 EU countries.
(OECD, Health at a Glance: Europe 2018)
Mental health at work – openness instead of stigma
70% of people affected by a mental disorder will not get appropriate treatment due to fear of stigmatization. (Thornicroft G. Most people with mental illness are not treated. Lancet. 2007)
With the destigmatization campaign #BreakingTheSilence we want to encourage people to be open and constructive in dealing with mental health at work. The campaign addresses the core elements of stigma by
- improving information and knowledge about mental health
- supporting a positive change of attitude among all employees and managers
- reducing discriminatory and promoting supportive behavior towards those affected
We use poster campaigns, train managers through a gamified e-learning and enable video-based encounters with those affected.