• CRISIS RESPONSE: A Pathway to Proactive Mental Health

      Levine, David, MSW (2021-10-10)
      If it wasn’t clear already, the publicity around World Mental Health Day 2021, brought home the point—Covid-19 has increased the awareness and recognition of mental health. Up until early 2020, most organizational leaders focused on the impact on mental health in terms of employee productivity, health costs, engagement, customer service and other correlates. Today, they are focused on mental health on its own—stress, depression, anxiety, and work/family issues that the pandemic has amplified. This recognition is a good thing and means better care and funding of well-being and behavioral health services. However, by no means has the stigma surrounding mental health gone away.
    • No Longer Alone: Ending the Stigma of Mental Health Issues

      Christie, Brett (World at Work, 2018-06-15)
      Most people know someone, either directly or indirectly, who has committed suicide. Yet, it’s a topic very few people are comfortable discussing. But, as data suggests, it’s a problem that isn’t going away. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, as 44,965 Americans die by suicide each year. And it costs $69 billion annually. So, what can employers do to address the issue? Having a strong employee assistance program (EAP) is an important variable to have in place. WorldatWork’s 2017 Inventory of Total Rewards Programs & Practices survey found that 96% of organizations have an EAP in place, which was up from 80% in 2016. In addition, behavioral health programs increased 13% in one year (from 78% to 91%) and stress reduction programs were up from 56% to 65%. But the buck shouldn’t stop there.