55 - Mental Health at Work

Episode: 55-mental-health-at-work


How can employers support mental health at work? Here are five ways—coming up next.


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You are now in The Perna Syndicate—welcome! Yesterday, we talked about how mental health issues are impacting younger workers. But such issues can also take a major toll on a company’s bottom line. Here’s the good news: A recent study estimates that for every dollar put into treatment for common mental disorders, there is a return of 4 dollars in improved health and productivity. 


With everything going on in our world today, younger workers are struggling with mental health more than ever. Here are some ways employers can help:


  • First, train managers to recognize the warning signs of mental health struggles. They can then encourage and even assist the employee in seeking help from a qualified professional.


  • Second, make employees aware of the many free self-assessment tools available online.


  • Third, offer health insurance that includes mental health treatment. 


  • Fourth, create a quiet, dedicated space, shielded from wireless signals, to meditate, relax or simply unplug and recharge. 


  • Finally, offer mental health days that allow workers to take time off specifically for stress relief and self-care.


It’s time to promote workplace cultures that address mental health proactively and purposefully—because a mentally healthy workforce is a win for everyone.


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