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Webinar Addresses Challenges of Regulating Mental Health and Wellbeing

Insights about mental health and wellbeing laws in different countries

IOSH has provided expert insights about mental health and wellbeing laws in different countries and cultures as part of a webinar organised by the global Environmental, Health and Safety consultancy ENHESA.

Dr Iván Williams Jimenez (pictured), OSH research advisor at IOSH, was a guest presenter on a panel of three, joining Lindsey Flowers, Marketing coordinator at ENHESA and Elise Saade, EHS Regulatory Consultant at ENHESA on 3 June. The webinar will be held at four convenient times between July 23-25, 2019.

The webinar focused on helping to establish a clear understanding of what we mean by ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing’ and how it can be defined differently in different countries.

Dr Williams discussed some of the trends and challenges of regulating mental health and wellbeing in different countries, current global laws and policies on mental health and wellbeing around the world and future laws and policies on the horizon.

Ivan said: “I am really happy to participate with ENHESA in providing a comprehensive picture of the state of the art for major trends in law in this particular area. Lack of awareness and trained/qualified professionals in this field is still scarce, so we hope some of the learnings can be really helpful for Health, Safety and Wellbeing practitioners.

"this resource is coming at a time where IOSH is advocating to have the same governance structures in place for addressing and managing physical and psychological risks"

The webinar builds on previous work done as part of the Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization annual conference (APOSHO) and the Health and Wellbeing at Work conference earlier this year, helping to compile a better understanding of cultural differences of mental health and wellbeing.

It also highlights issues addressing mental ill-health where lost productivity resulting from depression and anxiety, two of the most common mental disorders, is estimated to cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year.

IOSH has published a range of resources, guidance and research into mental health and wellbeing: https://exclusive.iosh.com/resources-and-research/our-resources/mental-health-awareness-week/

IOSH's Managing Occupational Health and Wellbeing course provides practical advice and tools for managers to help create a healthy and productive place of work.

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IOSH is the Chartered body for health and safety professionals. With more than 47,000 members in over 130 countries, we’re the world’s biggest professional health and safety organisation.