In response to MP Melvin Yong Yik Chye's parliamentary question on workplace mental health issues, Singapore's Minister for Manpower, Josephine Teo revealed that the Ministry is examining the impact of workplace mental health issues on the local workforce.
This is being done by tapping on completed studies by the Institute of Mental Health and National Council of Social Services, as well as referring to global studies by the World Health Organisation and International Labour Organisation.
Additionally, a pilot of iWorkHealth has been initiated, which is a web-based psychosocial assessment tool to help employers and their employees to identify workplace stressors.
"The tool serves to raise awareness of workplace stressors and provide recommendations on areas where employers can work on to improve the mental well-being of their employees," Minister Teo shared, adding that it is targeted to be launched later this year.
She also talked about the Total Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) programme initiated by the WSH Council and supported by the Health Promotion Board that will assess employees’ physical and mental well-being. These consultants can also assist employers with stress management workshops and mental well-being talks.
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