May is Mental Health Awareness Month!  Did you know that 47 million people live with a mental health condition, a 1.5 million increase over last year?  Why is this important to know as a business? By addressing mental health issues in the workplace, employers can reduce health care costs for their businesses and employees.  Adults spend one-third of their wake time at the workplace. The workplace can be a key location for activities designed to improve well-being among adults. Workplace wellness programs can identify those at risk and connect them to resources, and put in place supports to help people reduce and manage stress.
 
How can you as a business make a change from within to shift the culture of mental wellness?  Here are a few tips:

  • Gather all leadership, management, and human resources personnel to review the mental health policies and procedures they have in place. By implementing policies and practices that support employee well-being, employers can achieve the distinct but complementary goals of both employees and the organization.
  • Help to lower stigma by encouraging all who are employed at their location to talk about their mental health.
  • Build supports for both in-person, hybrid, and fully remote workforces.
  • Offer adequate health insurance that includes mental health benefits. If this is not possible, consider off-setting by looking at increasing other less formal benefits.
  • Boost workplace mental health programs that are open to all employees.
  • Provide information and resources about how to best manage stress and maintain mental health.
  • Encompass a workplace culture that is flexible/adaptable and values/rewards openness about mental health.
  • Have HR contact our local MHA to connect employees in need of mental health resources and tools at https://mhasheboygan.org/
  • Utilize MHA’s online directory or reach out to their Mental Health Resource Specialist at:  https://mhasheboygan.org/community-resources
If you want to learn more about workplace wellness, contact MHA Sheboygan’s Executive Director, Julie Preder, to learn more about their comprehensive Workplace Wellness 360° program at julie@mhasheboygan.org
For a complete mental health toolkit for your business download here:  https://www.mhanational.org/mental-health-month
 

 

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