The country continues to grapple with high statistics of mental health problems at the workplace which reviews that one in every five people experiences a mental health condition.

A call has been made for employers to create a conducive working environment that promotes and protect workers’ mental wellbeing.

Mental health is defined as a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being as an important component to ensure quality and sound performance by employees at the work place.

The prevailing socio-economic pressures have resulted to the workforce being exposed to varying circumstances that affects their mental stability and performance.

As the country commemorates World Mental Health Day, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa called upon employers to put in place measures and environment that prioritise mental wellbeing of their workers.

He said this in a speech read on his behalf by the principal director Preventive Services Dr Gibson Mhlanga.

Mental illness is becoming a global challenge which needs to be treated with urgency as it leads to suicide in many occasions said Dr Anderson Chimusoro.

Globally, one in every four people is likely to experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives.

An estimated 10 percent of employed population has taken time off work due to depression which leads to mental illness.