Written by on July 3, 2024

Written by: Tasha Siziba


There is a growing trend of mental health hazards in South African corporate workplaces, according to new data from Life Health Solutions, a leading supplier of health risk management solutions within the occupational and employee well-being environment.

The Life Health Solutions study, which examined data from 2018 to 2023, discovered a notable increase in the frequency of mental health risk cases, or those who have been determined to be a danger to themselves, others, or their organisation.

These risks included a range of factors, such as suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, and financial instability.

A rise in risk

The data shows a significant rise in mental health risk cases across genders, with men experiencing a rise of 37.12% in 2023 and women experiencing a decrease of 62.88%.

While women consistently reported a higher prevalence of mental health risk cases over the five-year period, it does not mean that men are in any way less affected by the same risk factors.

“It’s important to consider that societal expectations and stigma surrounding men’s mental health may lead to underreporting and a reluctance to seek help, while unique pressures faced by women in the workplace may require targeted support.”

Risk for young people and dependents 

In 2023, the largest group of individuals with mental health risks was aged 30-39, with 10.78% under 19.

The research also revealed a marked increase in dependents of employees experiencing mental health risks, highlighting the far-reaching impact of workplace stress on families.

Drivers of mental health challenges

Data reveals that depression, stress, and relationship difficulties are the primary drivers of the increase in mental health risk cases.

In 2023, significant rises in stress, relationship issues, bereavement, anxiety, domestic violence, and life change adjustment were observed as contributing factors.

“These findings underscore the critical need for proactive mental health support within the South African corporate workplace,” says Safia Joseph, Life Health Solutions Psychologist.

Employers have a responsibility to foster a culture of wellbeing and provide resources that empower employees to navigate personal and professional challenges.”



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