Fostering a Mental-Health Friendly Workplace

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 18.9% of working-age adults in the U.S. experienced mental illness in the past year, and of those, 24% experienced a serious mental illness.

Work is a key part of a person’s health and identity, contributing to their sense of purpose and well-being. Given this, it’s important for employers to understand how to foster a mental health-friendly work culture. The Mental Health Toolkit presents an easy-to-follow framework for fostering a mental health-friendly workplace, centered around “4 A’s”— awareness, accommodations, assistance, and access. Each of these pillars represents actions employers can take to promote worker well-being both internally — through education, a flexible work culture, and employee assistance programs (EAPs) — as well as externally, through increased access to behavioral/mental health treatment.

The Toolkit also provides summaries of research on workplace mental health, descriptions of initiatives implemented by companies of varying sizes and industries, and links to ready-to-use resources employers can use to start their own. For small businesses in particular, the tool explores cost-saving strategies for offering EAPs and other beneficial services.

Access the Toolkit here: http://www.askearn.org/mentalhealth/