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Burn-out: Employees increasingly with mental illnesses
Mental illnesses are increasingly the reason for sick leave. In eight years, the number of sick days due to burn-out syndrome increased 18-fold, reports “Welt am Sonntag”, referring to current figures from the BKK-Bundesverband. It was only at the end of last year that the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) published an evaluation of the data of the German Pension Insurance (DRV), which came to the conclusion that almost half of early retirement is now due to mental illness.
Overall, "the number of days off work in companies due to mental illness has more than doubled in the past ten years," reports the BKK Bundesverband. Employees are increasingly unable to cope with the psychological pressure at work. With the project "Mental Health in the Working World" (psyGA), the BKK Bundesverband is trying to counteract this worrying trend. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) and technically supported by the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA). Demands of an increasingly complex work environment on the mental health of the employees ”, says the BKK announcement.
Specialist forum on mental health in companies The specialist forum also dealt with the operational framework conditions as the cause of mental illnesses such as burn-out syndrome. Among others, Professor Dr. Wolfgang Senf from the Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) explains how “good (or not so good) staff management can affect the disease process.” In addition, the BKK Bundesverband and the Institute for Occupational Medicine and Social Medicine have the Rheinisch-Westfälischen Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen developed a concept for an eLearning tool to improve the prevention of mental illness in companies. However, it remains to be seen whether such measures can contribute to a noticeable reduction in mental illness. (fp)
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