More Filipino workers suffering from mental health problems: study

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A study conducted by MindNation reveals that more than half of Filipino workers are suffering from mental health issues. (Photo: Getty Images)
A study conducted by MindNation reveals that more than half of Filipino workers are suffering from mental health issues. (Photo: Getty Images)

A study conducted by mental health and well-being company MindNation reveals that more than half of Filipino workers are suffering from mental health issues due to COVID-19 and financial difficulties amid the pandemic.

According to the results of the study, 61% of the respondents say that they are stressed, while 53% are worried or anxious, 34% are depressed, and 32% are feeling empty.

Meanwhile, 80% of the respondents cited COVID-19 as the reason behind their mental health issues, while 47% said that they are feeling financially pressured. Another 44% said that personal matters, as well as worker performance pressure, contribute to their mental health issues, and about 25% cited difficulty in handling both family and work.

“The Filipino workforce is feeling stressed, worried and anxious,” the report said.

“What is furthermore alarming is that there is an average of eight percent among the employee population in every company who are suicidal and are thinking of self harm,” the report further said.

According to the employees-respondents, their mental health problems manifest in lack of focus and concentration, less pleasure in doing things they normally enjoy, unusually low self-confidence, sleeping problems, and feeling down and sad.

The report also revealed that the mental health issues are behind the rise in absenteeism, loss of productivity and employee resignation.

Given all these, MindNation has launched the MindNation app, which offers a one-stop shop for holistic well-being needs.

“When mental health support is convenient and easily accessible, people are motivated to proactively take care of their mental health and make it a habit,” MindNation’s Chief Impact Officer, Kana Takahashi, said.

The app, which has 24/7 teletherapy services, also comes with a Daily Mood Tracker and WellBeing Quiz so that it would be easier for users to track their emotions regularly, and understand one’s state of well-being.

MindNation app is free on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates.

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