RUTHERFORD, CA – Employer-based mental health coalition One Mind at Work, a program of One Mind; the Center for Workplace Mental Health, a program of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF); and Mental Health America (MHA) have partnered to create a platform to connect employers interested in workplace mental health with ideas, tools, and resources to improve practices, support individuals, and build a culture of wellness.
The 20-question survey is designed to be simple to use and focus on four key organizational areas: The Importance of Leadership; Improving Access to Services and Supports; Building a Healthy Organization and Culture; and Raising Awareness and Training. It can be accessed online at workplacementalhealthassessment.com.
There is growing momentum around improving workplace mental health, from expanding access to treatment and reducing stigma to hiring and retaining the most qualified individuals.
“Collectively we identified a gap in the workplace mental health field for a publicly available online assessment that would build on our existing organizational efforts. By working together in a collaborative effort, we felt we could better support participants’ workplace mental health programs and services with a unified single standard assessment versus one from each of us,” said Garen Staglin, Co-Founder of One Mind at Work.
The results of the assessment are private and, based on participant responses, suggest actions and resources to align with the key areas of focus. Resources included in the assessment are carefully vetted tools and represent best practices for participants to review and apply along with information on the business case for employer action. The results have information tailored to U.S. participants, but would be largely applicable elsewhere and include international examples of best practices.
“The assessment compliments tools and resources provided through the Center for Workplace Mental Health by offering those completing the assessment with easy access to a full array of tools, programs and information to effectively support the mental health and well-being of employees and to create an organizational culture that benefits everyone,” said American Psychiatric Association Foundation Executive Director Dan Gillison.
Regarding the project, Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of MHA, said: “The places where we work affect our overall mental health and well-being. This assessment will allow everyone—both employers and employees—to understand the impact of their existing programs, define new areas of focus, and ultimately improve how workplaces impact everyone’s mental health.”
About One Mind: One Mind is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on the development and implementation of a gold standard for workplace mental health and well-being. Find more information about One Mind and One Mind at Work's mission, membership, and annual Global Forum at onemindatwork.org
About American Psychiatric Association Foundation: The American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF), a subsidiary of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), works to create a mentally healthy nation by advancing mental health, overcoming mental illness and eliminating stigma. The APA is the oldest medical association in the country founded in 1844. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 38,500 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA's vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. For more information about the APA, please visit psychiatry.org and for more information about the APAF, please visit apafdn.org/
About Mental Health America: Mental Health America (MHA) - founded in 1909 - is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal. Learn more at mentalhealthamerica.net.