Stress is currently the biggest cause of long-term absence among government employees in Sweden and since the COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the situation further, the country is now taking action to support mental health initiatives.
"In facing this pandemic, our government employees are more important than ever and it is crucial that they stay healthy - both physically and mentally. Given recent developments, this launch could not have come at a better time and the pure scalability of this program will enable us to make a big difference in the public sector," says Emilia Liljefrost, Head of the Social Partners' Council.
The training program gives government employees access to evidence-based tools for stress reduction and allow participants to conduct individual and group exercises, such as meditations and conversations, in a digital environment.
"Research shows that digital interventions can be very effective in treating elevated stress levels and sharing that experience with others has great benefits. For that reason, we have developed a program that gives access to a variety of tools, including digital video meetings with small groups of colleagues, which also help participants to cope with the social isolation of the pandemic," says
Erik Fernholm, CEO of the 29k Foundation.
The initiative will be rolled out to 247 state authorities and organizations that are members of the Social Partners' Council. As the 29k Foundation operates globally, the program will also be implemented by international parties.