Mental health conditions are common impacting 1 in 5 Americans. These conditions exist at all levels of organizations from entry level to the C-suite. Yet most people with mental health conditions do not connect with services and supports. Stigma, fear of judgement and concern for career opportunities prevent many from seeking help when it’s needed. This can be costly for all because mental health conditions impact work performance, productivity, retention and more. Employers can play a key role in positively impacting workplace mental health. The most common ways to improve workplace mental health include raising awareness and educating the workforce, creating a mentally healthy climate and culture and improving access to mental health services and supports. The best place to start any workplace mental health initiative is with an organizational assessment.
The Center for Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health America and One Mind at Work joined forces to create an easy to use and comprehensive assessment and access to a full array of high impact workplace mental health resources. With the workplace involved in addressing mental health, we have an incredible opportunity for positive change.