Mental Health at Work Programme
The Mental Health at Work Programme is part of the National Mental Health Strategy, which aims, among other things, to support mental health in the workplace. The purpose of the Programme is to make workplaces better equipped to support the mental health of employees, and to manage risk factors for mental health issues.
The Programme is also part of the set of working life programmes implemented by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The measures of the Mental Health at Work Programme aim to increase wellbeing at work and reduce sick leave and disability retirement for mental health reasons. Supporting employees’ ability to work and ensuring that they remain at work will speed up the achievement of the employment rate target set in the Government Programme.
Effective ways to prevent mental health problems among working-age people
The Mental Health at Work Programme involves developing a model for cooperation between workplaces and occupational healthcare and spreading the message of mental health support measures and methods available and boosting related skills and competence in workplaces and occupational healthcare.
The Programme also supports a change in the operating culture and a change in attitudes towards mental health issues by means of communications, more specifically by increasing knowledge about how to support mental health at work. When assessing the impact of the Mental Health at Work Programme, account will be taken of the progress made in implementing the Programme and the results and effects achieved.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is implementing the Programme in cooperation with the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, mental health organisations and other partners, and an extensive stakeholder network.
Jaana Vastamäki, Senior Specialist
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Department for Work and Gender Equality / TTO, Policy Unit / TY Telephone:0295163468
Hanne Mäkitalo, Senior Specialist
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Department for Work and Gender Equality / TTO, Policy Unit / TY Telephone:0295163296