According to Kelly Greenwood, founder and CEO of Mind Share Partners, “up to 80 percent of Americans will have a diagnosable mental health condition like depression or anxiety at some point in their lives, and this has unfortunately gone up in the last year as a result of the pandemic, the divisiveness of the U.S. election, civil unrest and climate change.” Although many companies rushed to increase mental health benefits, the ones that were most serious about addressing the issue also recognized the need to examine their cultures and attitudes. “While important, mental health benefits are table stakes,” she explains. “If the culture isn’t there, if it isn’t supportive of mental health, folks won’t take advantage of those benefits because of stigma.” Leaders and managers can use these tips for fostering a culture that is supportive of employees’ mental health.
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