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Work in Tune with Life

8th Initiative (2009 - 2010)

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. Employees with good mental health will perform better in their work.

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Mental health is important for business. In the 21st century the mental health and well-being of your employees is crucial to the success of your organisation. But, how should you as an employer start to address mental health issues in your workplace? And what activities and policies do you need to set in place?

In a European campaign work. in tune with life. move europe (Folder: PDF 0.1 MB), the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) started an initiative to help promote mental health in workplaces. The campaign was co-funded by the European Comission under the Public Health Programme 2003 - 2008.

Under the leadership of the BKK Bundesverband (National Contact Office Germany), the  8th ENWHP pan-European initiative aimed to:

  • Increase the awareness of companies and the general public about the needs and benefits of mental health promotion at work
  • Attract companies to take part in the campaign and to convince them that investments in workplace mental health promotion initiatives are worthwhile.
  • Design practical measures and models for promoting mental health in workplace settings and encourage an exchange of experience in this field. 

The results of the campaign "work in tune with life. move europe" and an overview of the European conference can be seen here:

The European Thematic Conference "Promotion of Mental Health and Well-being in Workplaces" at the beginning of March 2011 in Berlin concluded the 8th ENWHP initiative "work in tune with life. move europe". The campaign ran from October 2009 to December 2010. About 2000 enterprises participated - public administrations, schools, hospitals, small and larger companies, at both beginner and advanced level - and they actively supported the campaign as a "Move Europe Partner".

Poster session on the 13th European Health Forum Gastein "The impact of the financial crisis and subsequent economic recession on health and health care", Austria.