A Healthy Workforce
PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING - We know that when people are healthy and well, they are able to contribute more – whether that’s to their families, their work, or society at large. We want you to be healthy at home as well as at work that is why the Public Health Unit of the Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety &Health is committed to promoting a positive physical health environment in the workplace and providing you with health programs and initiatives that enable you to thrive.
- Introduction to DHMOSH Public Health
- DHMOSH Public Health Newsletters
- DHMOSH Public Health Conversation Series
- DHMOSH Public Health Leadership Series
- UN Health and Wellness Champions Program
- UN Global Health Challenge
- UN Annual Physical Activity Survey
- UN Secretariat Staff Health & Wellness Survey 2021
MENTAL HEALTH - Working within the United Nations system can provide us with a strong sense of purpose and opportunities for helping others. It can also be challenging.
In 2015, over 17,000 United Nations staff members across 11 United Nations entities completed the Global Well-Being survey. Approximately half of all United Nations staff members reported experiencing symptoms consistent with a mental health condition. This is greater than what is seen in the general population and staff who had worked at the UN longest were more likely to experience poor mental health.
Doing our work well requires all of us to be giving the best of ourselves, while taking the best care we can of our colleagues, our families, the Organization and ourselves. Visit the Mental Health Matters, A Healthy Workforce for a Better World webpage.
What are we doing
The five-year United Nations workplace mental health strategy aims to:
1. Create a workplace that enhances mental and physical health and wellbeing
2. Develop, deliver and evaluate high-quality psychosocial services everywhere that UN staff work
3. Welcome and support staff who live with mental health challenges
4. Ensure sustainable funding for mental health and wellbeing services
It also aims to strengthen our individual knowledge, skills and behaviour with regard to:
- Taking care of others – colleagues, family and friends
- Taking care of our own mental health
- Taking care of the people who look after the health of others
- Seeking help earlier, to obtain access to a range of evidence-based psychosocial support and interventions
The UN Workplace Mental Health and Well-being Strategy is led by a global governance body, the Implementation Board. The Implementation Board has representatives from UN System Organizations and key bodies such as Staff Federations and Representative Organizations, Medical Directors and Staff Counsellor Organizations. Achieving the goals of the strategy will require a sustained, collective effort over the coming five years. We all have a role to play to ensure we have a healthy workforce for a better world.
Where to go for support
UN personnel may access an internal UN Staff/Stress Counsellors, who are in or covering our work locations. These Counsellors are Mental Health professionals who work for the organization to offer confidential support to UN personnel as needed.
The UN Medical Services and Office of the Ombudsman and Mediation Services (UNOMS) also provide key elements of overall services to staff seeking advice, resolution of workplace difficulties, treatment, and support for mental health concerns. UN Medical Services has a key role in the medical, physical and psychological care of personnel in return to work programmes for those experiencing mental health problems.
Lead and Learn Programme on workplace mental health and well-being.
Leaders and managers play an essential role in ensuring that the UN System supports good mental health. This includes creating a positive work environment and supporting personnel who are experiencing a mental health condition.
Register to the Workplace Mental Health and Well-being - Lead and Learn Programme available on the UNSSC Blue Line platform
Launch of the UN System Workplace Mental
Summary document of the UN Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy
List of resources from the “Lead and Learn” programme:
Lead & Learn – Factsheets for Managers and Leaders
Lead & Learn – Podcasts for Managers and Leaders
Podcast Episode 1: WHY it is important and HOW you can improve it (Available in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Russian).
Podcast Episode 2: What can help you thrive? (Available in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Russian).