This report aimed to understand the role of mental health and well-being in the workplace for the garment sector in Jordan. A largely export-facing sector, the garment industry employs approximately 70,000 workers in Jordan with 75% of the labor force comprised of migrant workers. Migration can cause significant stress through loss of familial support and difficulties in integrating into a new community. This added layer of complexity makes the workforce in Jordan’s garment sector vulnerable to an array of mental health stressors. Thus, the report identified contributing factors to mental health outcomes specific to the migrant worker population in Jordan’s garment sector along with barriers faced by workers in accessing mental health treatment. The research findings were based on semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders and experts from government entities, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, donor agencies, multinational brands, factory management, labor union, civil society, and academic institutions.
The findings revealed a fundamental misalignment in the overall understanding of mental health, largely due to the heavy stigma associated with mental disorders. Gaps in available mental health services indicate a need for decentralized mental health services at the factory level, along with adequate and consistent training in mental health awareness. The report proposed key recommendations for service delivery and systematic support for the migrant garment workers in Jordan. Ultimately, the Capstone team recommended long-term policy goals to integrate mental health of migrant workers within the greater national mental health policy agenda.