Global Agenda Council on Well-being & Mental Health 2012-2014
A healthy and satisfied population creates not only a more productive workforce, which in turn improves a country’s economic growth, but also an enhanced quality of life, leading to more sustainable development. While the effects of mental health differ from country to country, the Global Agenda Council on Well-being & Mental Health has chosen to concentrate on well-being and mental health in the workforce, with a focus on Europe. In today’s world, one in four European Union citizens can expect to suffer a mental health problem during a lifetime, with up to 10% of the European population experiencing some type of depressive or anxiety-related disorder every year. Poor mental health in Europe (and elsewhere) can be linked to productivity losses and has economic implications for the healthcare system.