Programme no. 107-SY
Patient Empowerment
Stress-related mental health problems. Challenges and solutions.
Ingibjörg Jonsdottir*1, Kristina Glise*2, Kirsi Ahola*3
1Institute of Stress Medicine,Gothenburg,Sweden, 2Institute of stress medicine,Gothenburg,Sweden, 3Mental Health and Cognition ,Finnish Institute of Occupational Health ,Helsinki,Finland
* = Presenting author
Objectives: The aim of this symposium is to present knowledge on stress-related mental health problems from different perspective. This includes the causes, the consequences as well as several clinical perspectives with regard to symptoms, prognosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

Background: Stress-related mental health problems e.g. adjustment disorders, clinical burnout/exhaustion, anxiety and depression are becoming major challenge for the health care system. The workplace has been identified as being an important arena with regard to stress-exposure but the workplace is also an important arena that need to be involved in the rehabilitation process. Research knowledge on how to prevent, treat and understand stress-related problems needs to be mediated and this symposium will hopefully contribute to increased knowledge on stress-related problems.
Content: The symposium will start with an overview of stress-related mental health problems with regard to prevalence, course, consequences, and gender aspects. This will be followed by a lecture on the importance of work conditions in regarding stress-related mental health, particularly burnout/exhaustion. Work conditions play a significant role in the development of mental health problems as well as in return to work afterwards. Finally, several clinical perspectives will be presented including symptoms, course of illness, treatment and recovery.
Method: The symposium included three overview presentation, followed by discussions.
Other considerations: Relevance; Early identification as well as effective and integrated treatment of mental health problems is beneficial for people, work places, and society in supporting both the work ability and functional ability of the individuals.