How Employers Can Show Support on World Mental Health Awareness Day

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How Employers Can Show Support on World Mental Health Awareness Day

World Mental Health Day is recognized annually to promote education for global mental health, as well as create awareness and advocacy against social stigma.   This yearly observance has occurred since 1992 and carries with it a yearly theme.  It falls on October 10th, and the goal of this year’s theme is increased investment in mental health, with a focus on expanding the availability of mental health resources for all.

Statistically, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. have a mental health disorder, while 1 in 22 adults live with a serious mental illness such as bipolar, depression, or schizophrenia. This COVID-19 pandemic has only led to increased mental health problems due to isolation, fear, and social distancing.  With that being said, it is imperative that we support the World Federation for Mental Heath’s view that, “ there is no health without mental health”.  Therefore, employers specifically are in an ideal position to destigmatize, recognize, and provide support on behalf of their employees’ mental health.

What can employers do to promote mental health in the workplace?

Express Support

Build a Culture

Promote Mindfulness

Educate the Team

Promote Benefits

Overall, it’s important that your team knows that they have your support not only on October 10th, but all year round.  Consider implementing the above practices all year long to ensure the mental health and safety of your employees.  As stated previously, “There is no health without mental health!”

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