How Eliminating Stigma Can Create Healthy Workplaces

May 11, 2024

A NAMI workplace survey reports:

%

of full-time employees in the U.S. say it is appropriate to discuss mental health concerns at work

%

feel comfortable discussing mental health concerns at work

%

say their mental health has suffered because of work in the past year

%

reported employer-sponsored mental healthcare coverage is important for creating a positive workplace culture.

The Anti-Stigma Coalition will host a Facebook Live event on Tuesday, May 21 at noon to discuss this important topic. State of Stigma: Mental Wellness in the Workplace, will offer suggestions on how to creative a health workplace.

Panelists are Tara McPherson, MS, CWPC, CWPM, Corporate Wellness Consultant & Team Lead, Lawley Insurance; Courtney Moskal, MS, RD, CLC, Registered Dietitian & Corporate Wellbeing Consultant, Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc.; and Susan M. Schubbe, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President, Human Resource, SaveOnSP.

The program will be moderated by Matthew G. Smith, Executive Director, Preventionfocus, Inc. and chair of the Anti-Stigma Coalition’ Outreach Committee.

These experts will discuss how employers can enhance a mentally healthy workplace and how it can improve a company’s success.

%

of respondents say offering mental health benefits is “very important” to prospective employees—nearly triple the rate of benefits leaders who said this a year earlier (36%).

2024 Lyra Health survey of 250 benefits leaders across the U.S.

According to Smith, our country is facing a mental health crisis, with one in five people living with a mental illness. It’s in the best interest of organizations to create a mentally health workplace and support their employees in their mental wellness journey.

“Employees experiencing mental health challenges, especially depression and anxiety, can negatively impact a company’s bottom line,” he said. “Stigma often prevents them from asking for help due to fear losing their reputation, being passed over for advancement opportunities, or even losing their job.”

Several resources are available to assist companies in this mission.

Mental Health Advocates offers Mindset programs to help organizations create mentally healthy workplaces and employees. Mindset helps organizations open the conversation and reduce stigma around mental health issues and develop strategies for creating a mentally healthy workplace culture, among other goals.

To learn more text [email protected] or call 716.886.1242.

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