Published:  12:22 AM, 12 October 2017

Mental health in the workplace stressed

and mental health experts at a workshop on Tuesday called for a concerted effort to ensure mental health in workplaces.

They viewed mental and physical fitness is the precondition to cherished work implementation. Various issues like personal characteristics, inter-personal relation with colleagues, extent of work and relation with controlling authority are deeply involved to mental health in workplace.

They were addressing a workshop styled "Mental Health in Workplace" at conference hall of Institute of Environmental Sciences (IES) in Rajshahi University (RU) on Tuesday, reports BSS.

RU's Mental Health Centre and Civas Institute jointly organized the workshop to mark the World Mental Health Day- 2017. Principal of Rajshahi Medical College Prof Anwar Habib addressed the workshop as chief guest with Director of the mental health centre Prof Anwarul Hassan Sufi in the chair.

IES Associate Professor Dr Redwanur Rahman and Vice President of Civas Institute Dr Sultana Naznin also spoke on the occasion. During his keynote presentation, Tanzir Ahmed, Assistant Professor of RU's Department of Psychology, at least one among every five persons suffers from mental illnesses like tension, frustration and headache. He said mental illnesses are an under-recognized public health problem in Bangladesh.

"Awareness about mental illness and acceptance of treatment are very low due to social stigma and superstition", he said. Taking advantages of the situation, she said, some quacks and opportunist groups have been working as money- makers through exploiting the patients.

Tanzir Ahmed added that the mal- practitioners are pushing the patients into endangered condition. Mental health needs to be brought under the surveillance system incorporating with other non-communicable diseases.

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