Workplace Mental Health

Overview  

Our society and our organizations are often evolving in a way that does not support the mental health and wellbeing of our workforces and communities. As technology and businesses have evolved, we have sometimes become more engaged 24/7, but more isolated. This has led to concerns about both chronic stress and loneliness as two key risk factors dramatically impacting our health and indirectly our satisfaction and performance at work.  

 

The Initiative 

The National Alliance is helping to set a collective agenda to “move mountains” for mental health in the workplace. Recognizing the concerns and opportunities, leading advocates and advocacy organizations have partnered together to define a framework to move the needle for mental health on a national level. This Initiative is helping to break the silence and advance an agenda of inclusion, quality and accountability so that stakeholders integrate mental health into a more holistic view of total health and wellbeing

What's happening from a societal perspective

  • Suicide rates in the US were up 25% from 1999 to 2014, with the largest percentage increase being among men and women ages 45 to 64 
  • There is a growing body of evidence that loneliness and social isolation are risk factor for health that are just as impactful as smoking 
  • The annual economic costs of brain disease have been estimated at close to $1 trillion, with a majority of indirect costs related to productivity 
  • The economic impact of mental illness will be more than cancer, diabetes and respiratory care put together