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You are taking an important step toward improving
workplace mental health. 

Below are a set of straightforward recommended actions and a sample of resources designed to address the needs you have identified in your assessment results. ​

The most important place to start is with an organizational assessment to better understand the current state and needs of the organization. The assessment is designed to address four key areas that are essential to effective workplace mental health initiatives:


Know the Impact, Raise Awareness and
Break the Silence

  • Mental health conditions are common with 1 in 5 people at all levels of organizations experiencing these conditions.

  • Treatment works, and early intervention leads to the best results.

  • Information and data are key to understanding the impact of mental health conditions and establishing a baseline for workplace mental health initiatives.

  • Employees benefit from knowing about the early warning signs of mental health conditions, how to talk with a co-worker and how to connect people with needed support.

  • Stigma and shame often prevent people from getting help, while myths and stereotypes persist so raising awareness and sharing mental health information help to set the record straight, end stigma and broaden awareness.

  • A positive culture and supportive environment create a safe space to talk about mental health issues and contribute to employee well-being, productivity, performance and retention.

  • Leadership support for mental health initiatives is essential in creating a mentally healthy culture.

  • Manager training on mental health issues and how best to support the mental health and well-being of employees helps to create a mentally healthy culture.

  • Support for stress management, resiliency training, and policies and practices that benefit the mental health of all employees positively and impact culture, performance and the bottom line.

Create a Mentally Healthy Culture

Improve Access to Mental Health Services and Supports

  • Employers are uniquely positioned to use their purchasing power to improve the quality of mental health services and supports available to employees.

  • Employers are also uniquely positioned to improve access to care for employees in need of mental health and substance use services and supports.

  • EAPs offer support to employees, yet utilization rates have been low and innovation to raise those rates is needed.

  • Access to effective care is essential to ensure that employees get the help they need, when they need it, to get better and return to work and their normal daily routines.

Leadership as a Catalyst

  • Leadership within organizations is a driver of the adoption and improvement of practices and programs that support workplace mental health. 

  • A strong commitment from leadership to workplace mental health produces stronger programs, greater and more rapid acceptance and better results. 

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