Mental Health

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to his or her community. Unfortunately, mental illnesses are common in thStressed Workere United States and according to National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults live with a mental illness. In fact, about 1 in 25 U.S. adults experience a serious mental health illness that interferes with their daily activities.

Mental health is the second leading cause of absenteeism. According to the CDC, national health expenditures for mental health services were estimated to be over $100 million. But there is something you can do!

Sample Mental Health Policies

Provide flexible scheduling during work for yoga, meditation, physical activity to improve the mental health of your employees.

Develop a mental health training policy for all employees to better build awareness, recognition and reduce the stigmas associated with mental illness.

Offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide employees with counseling and referrals to address personal and workplaces challenges.

Sample Mental Health Programs

Offer mental health presentations from area experts to increase the knowledge and decrease the stigma of mental health.

Provide training to all employees on mental health, such as the Mental Health First Aid program.

Environmental Improvements to Promote Mental Wellness

Provide a quiet room or stress reduction room, to allow employees to take mental health breaks throughout the workday.