Welcome to the VIC's new staff wellbeing pages!
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." (WHO, 1948)
By taking good care of our health and wellbeing, we ensure to be resilient and fit for the challenges of our life and job and can be more content and enjoy our work and private life better. On these pages, you can find a selection of materials, such as videos, podcasts, and articles as well as links to events and webinars on how to take care of your wellbeing. While we create, collect, and review the materials for you, we invite you to also visit the new webpages of the UN Mental Health Strategy Implementation Board in New York City.
The UN System Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy is a comprehensive approach to address the needs of the United Nations personnel and improve organizational capacities to prevent poor mental health and protect and promote good mental health and well-being. It was launched by the Secretary General and endorsed by the heads of management of all UN system organizations and applies to the whole of the UN system.
The Strategy is designed to assist the United Nation System to create a working environment that is conducive to good mental health and ensures that support is available when it is needed. The Strategy provides a road map for creating an inclusive, sustainable work environment where mental health and well-being is embedded in the organizational culture and systems ensure our workforce is able to deliver on our promise of a better world.
On November 15th, 2023, the second implementation phase of the new and improved Mental Health Strategy 2023-2028 was launched, you can watch the recording of the event below:
This page offers four different spaces for different topics and announcements that you can easily access through the tile navigation in the top right corner:
Self-care and Relaxation: Here you can find links, recordings, and instructions for guided relaxation and meditation techniques, as well as tips and guidance for day-to-day self-care suitable to fit into our busy schedules.
Mental Health Library: This section of the website provides specific information and links about life events and mental health conditions that can impact our overall wellbeing. For certain topics, you can also find self-tests to find out if more support could be helpful, for example by contacting your staff counsellor for a confidential first chat.
For Managers: This page provides materials focusing on the impact good management can have on teams' and staff members' wellbeing and how to increase management's effects on the reduction of stigma related to mental health and wellbeing.
Upcoming Events: Here, you can find links to upcoming events, webinars, and workshops on wellbeing-related topics inside the UN system.
On the resource tabs on the right-hand side, you can find contact details of available support services inside and outside of the VIC.
Make sure to check back regularly, as we are constantly adding new topics and materials.
INTRODUCTION TO WHO/ILO GUIDELINES ON MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IN THE WORKPLACE
The WHO guidelines on mental health in the workplace aim to improve the implementation of evidence-based
interventions and recommendations that promote mental health and help people living with mental health conditions
to thrive in the workplace (WHO, 2022).
Watch the recording below for more information:
WE ALSO WARMLY INVITE YOU TO STAY TUNED ON THE
UPCOMING DIGNITY & INCLUSION LEARNING INITIATIVE
A cooperation across all Vienna-based UN organizations on a variety of relevant topics to make our offices a more inclusive environment for all.
More information on the different modules can be found under the link on the right side of this website, or simply click here.
What is Mental Health?
'Mental health' includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make decisions. Mental health, like physical health, is important at every stage of life. Work, in fact, is actually one of the best things for protecting our mental health, but it can also adversely affect it.
Conversations matter and this page hopes to spark discussion: We need to talk about mental health and take action so that fewer of us experience poor mental health, and those that do, feel able to seek the support they need.
Refer to the following helpful resources available to you for a first overview
over your and your colleagues' mental wellbeing in the workplace:
All links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not automatically constitute an endorsement or an approval by the VIC Medical Service of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The VIC Medical Service bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.