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Building the Mentally Healthy Workplace: A Strategic Plan for Improving Employer Mental Health Practices 

Employers understand the impact of mental disorders on their employees, family members ofemployees and their workplaces. And many want to do something about it. But even those employers who are highly motived to address this issue are at a loss for what to do.

Until now.

Through an eighteen-month development grant awarded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Mental Health America of Wisconsin and its partners have created a strategic plan that incorporates the recommendations of employers for building the mentally-healthy workplace.

Mental Health @ Work - A Competitive Advantage

Wisconsin United for Mental Health's two-part DVD on why mental health matters in the workplace.  A listing of state, national, and international mental health resources and websites is included.

The first section, Mental Health @ Work Matters, has been designed to help Management, HR, EAP and other professional staff to learn about:   

  • The various types of mental illnesses.   
  • How having mentally healthy employees lowers costs.   
  • Reasons why employers should care about their employees' mental health.   
  • Ways employers can create mental healthy workplaces.

View Mental Health @ Work Matters, Part 1

Section two of the training series, Mental Health @ Work: A Practical Guide for Managers, Supervisors, and Leaders, has been designed to equip you with ways to support the mental health of your employees by:   

  • Promoting mental health in the workplace.   
  • Recognizing when there may be a mental health issue with an employee.   
  • Addressing employees who are showing performance and emotional or mental health issues.   
  • Locating resources, finding assistance, and offering "suggested" reasonable accommodations for employees.   
  • Assisting an employee to create a plan for success at work

View Mental Health @ Work: A Practical Guide for Managers, Supervisors, and Leaders, Part 2


Why is mental health a workplace issue?

Health care costs continue to be a serious issue for businesses. While many health issues such as heart disease have evolved to include prevention as a means of containing costs, mental health and wellness remain largely overlooked and misunderstood

Mental health affects the bottom line.

Stress, depression and anxiety are significant health issues in today's workplace that can result in decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, poor work quality and low morale.

  • 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental health disorder in a given year, leaving no workplace unaffected.

  • 51% of working Americans lose Sunday-night sleep from work-related anxiety.

  • More than two-thirds of costs associated with mental health problems are related to lost productivity and absenteeism
  • Treatment success rates for many mental health disorders surpass those of other medical conditions.

Business success depends on resilient, well-adjusted and motivated employees. Businesses that proactively address mental health as part of overall health can realize significant benefits. Mental health-friendly policies and practices can bring greater productivity, reduced absenteeism, health insurance cost containment and improved retention.They can, in fact, positively affect the entire culture of the company.


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