One of the top employer priorities this year is expanding behavioral healthcare for employees. As the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, mental-health-friendly workplaces are more important than ever. Studies show that about 1 in 5 working-age Americans has a mental health issue and less than half of adults sought treatment in 2020.
Employers can provide benefits such as Employee Assistance programs, offering on-line resources, training managers on recognizing behavioral health issues and reducing stress in the workplace. Since mental health conditions are covered under the American Disabilities Act, employers may need to make reasonable accommodations.
The Department of Labor just launched an educational campaign, “Mental Health at Work: What Can I Do?,” that promotes healthy workplaces. To get more information, go to:
Fostering a Mentally Healthy Workplace (dol.gov)