RELEASE: The TELUS Mental Health Index detects a high risk for mental health in European workers

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RELEASE: The TELUS Mental Health Index detects a high risk for mental health in European workers

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- TELUS Mental Health Index: More than a third of workers in the European Index are at high mental health risk

Almost half of workers in the European Index do not have trusting working relationships and are three times more likely to feel isolated than those with trusting working relationships.

EUROPE, March 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ --TELUS Health today published its TELUS Mental Health Index ("the index") with reports examining the mental health of people employed in Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and Australia. The European report highlights that more than a third (36 percent) of workers in Europe are at high mental health risk. Additionally, nearly half (47 percent) of workers do not have trusting workplace relationships and are three times more likely to report feeling isolated than those with trusting workplace relationships. The European Index includes data from workers, Spain, Italy, France, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands.

The World Health Organization (WHO) now globally recognizes the effects of isolation and loneliness and compares them to well-known health risks such as smoking, obesity and lack of physical activity.

"The Index findings reflect a worrying reality affecting workers and businesses, as loneliness and social isolation negatively impact both worker health and productivity in the workplace," said Paula Allen, TELUS Health's global customer research and insights leader. "Rapid social changes, coupled with declining social support and affordability issues, are taking their toll on younger workers, who are the future of European businesses and economic activity. Furthermore, these and other early stressors of a person's career, when there is typically less financial stability "It makes these younger workers more vulnerable to mental health risks. "Organizations can help all workers by building a culture of trust, which counteracts isolation, and by highlighting their health, personal and financial programs, which offer crucial support."

Efforts to combat the negative impacts of isolation and loneliness on employee health and productivity not only improve well-being but also have financial benefits for employers.

The TELUS Mental Health Index also found:

In January 2024, workers' mental health scores in various regions were:

The TELUS Mental Health Index is based on a response scoring system that then converts individual responses into point values. Higher point values ​​are associated with better mental health and lower mental health risk. Scores between 0 and 49 correspond to levels of distress, scores between 50 and 79 correspond to levels of tension, and scores between 80 and 100 correspond to optimal levels of mental health.

“Creating an inclusive and supportive work environment is not only a responsibility, but also an invaluable opportunity for employers to proactively shape the well-being of their teams,” Allen added. "Now that the physical and mental effects of isolation are being discussed more widely, employers would be wise to prioritize meaningful social connections to support employee well-being. In addition to implementing employee assistance programs and other initiatives to address stress "mentally, fostering a connected and healthy work environment allows people to thrive. This, in turn, leads to greater retention, productivity, engagement and better overall health outcomes."

The January TELUS Mental Health Index also includes important findings related to key psychosocial risks in the workplace and mental health scores by country. Read the full TELUS European Mental Health Index here.

About the TELUS Mental Health Index

Data for the TELUS Health Mental Health Index was collected through an online survey from January 13, 2024 to January 22, 2024 with 3,000 respondents. All respondents reside in Europe and were employed in the last six months. The data has been statistically weighted to ensure that the regional and gender composition of the sample reflects this population.

About TELUS Health

TELUS Health is a global healthcare leader providing comprehensive primary and preventive care solutions and services to improve the physical, mental and financial well-being of employees and families around the world. With our advanced technology and dedicated team members, including more than 100,000 compassionate healthcare professionals, we cover more than 70 million lives in 160 countries. We are on a mission to become the world's most trusted wellness company by building the healthiest communities and workplaces on the planet by simplifying access to care and improving the flow of information between care providers, insurers, employers and individuals. For more information, visit:

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