Mental Health of the Working-age

People-centred mental health for the working-age.

Good mental health enables people to work, build relationships, and experience inclusion in society. The Research Center for Human Functioning studies the factors that can affect the mental health of working-age people and develops effective interventions to promote wellbeing and prevent mental health problems.

More and more Finns are retiring on disability for mental health reasons. One in four absences due to illness are for mental health reasons and one in five people of working age experience mental stress. Retirement among young adults is particularly worrying. Research projects identify risks to mental health and provide low-threshold, people-centred and equitably accessible interventions to promote mental health, and prevent and treat mental disorders. The World Health Organization defines people-centredness as considering the individual as part of their social network, culture and community. Central to people-centred thinking is that service development considers all actors' perspectives and strives for a better life for all through continuous and sustainable development.

Good mental health is key to success and well-being at work. Working life is demanding, performance-driven, and stressful - making it even more important to focus on strengthening the mental health of people of working age.

The Research Center for Human Functioning is actively involved in education and communication, working with employers, employees and stakeholders to promote mental health in working life and to develop research-based proposals for action to support mental health.

Read more about mental health in working age on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

Ideas for co-operation? Contact:

Henna Kyhä

Henna Kyhä
Research Manager,
Head of Research Center for Human Functioning

+358 44 710 3134