Alexandria, Va. — July 15, 2020 — The SHRM Foundation, One Mind at Work, and Psych Hub have joined together to launch "Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace," an initiative to engage HR professionals in education and training opportunities to lead mental health and wellness change in the workplace. The initiative aims to promote a culture of acceptance around returning to the workplace and the rising mental health issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With materials available to all companies, the initiative encompasses a series of vital resources for HR professionals and their employees, including:
- A workplace wellness resource center compiling best-in-class resources from leading partners
- Training courses for HR professionals on adequately addressing mental health issues in the modern workplace
The initiative is driven by a strategic alliance of thought leaders in their respective practice areas: the SHRM Foundation on workplace social change, One Mind at Work as the global leader on best practices and tools for brain health in the workplace, and Psych Hub on multimedia learning solutions to mental health and addiction.
"Now, more than ever, HR professionals are helping employers and employees manage the significant mental toll of COVID-19," said Wendi Safstrom, Executive Director of the SHRM Foundation. "As the nation, and the world, returns to the workplace in phases, it is critical to provide timely resources so workers feel safe, secure, and supported while continuing to reduce the mental health stigma in the workplace. The Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace initiative increases access to actionable tools and continues the critical conversation around mental health at work."
Recent SHRM research found that 41 percent of employees feel burnt out, drained, or exhausted from their work. Additionally, nearly one in four employees report frequently feeling down, depressed, or hopeless—yet more than one in three employees reported having done nothing to cope with these feelings.
"We've compiled a number of resources and tools to address some of the most common mental health and workplace wellness issues in an evidence-based way," said Marjorie Morrison, CEO and co-founder of Psych Hub. "Employers have a responsibility to care for their workers, whether they share a physical office or work remotely. The initiative gives employers access to trustworthy resources to ensure that we're doing our part to mitigate mental health issues and support wellbeing."
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and our nation adjusts to this new normal, the initiative will continue to expand their membership to add partners that can contribute to the trustworthy resources available on the workplace wellness resource center.
"In these critical times, employers and mental health leaders must work together to transform approaches to mental health and addiction and effectively promote mental health as important as physical health," said Garen Staglin, Chairman, One Mind and Co-Founder of One Mind at Work. "One Mind at Work's growing global coalition of companies and organizations are committed to transforming approaches to mental health and are excited to partner with SHRM and Psych Hub to reach more employers and positively impact employees everywhere."
To learn more about the Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace initiative, please visit https://psychhub.com/mental-health-wellness-in-the-workplace/.
About Psych Hub
Psych Hub is the most comprehensive platform for online education on mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention topics in the world. Co-founded by Patrick J. Kennedy and Marjorie Morrison, it is a fast-growing library of learning solutions for every audience. Psych Hub's Learning Hubs are a first-of-its-kind experience taking providers, professionals, and allies from knowledge learned to behavior change through innovation, gamification, certifications, and supportive patient/employee education. Additionally, the free Psych Hub video library hosts over 150 short, animated videos for consumers focused on improving mental health literacy and reducing stigma about seeking care. To learn more, visit psychhub.com.
About SHRM Foundation
Founded in 1966 as the philanthropic arm of SHRM, the SHRM Foundation inspires and empowers HR professionals to unlock human potential and lead social change in the workplace and beyond. Its purpose is to elevate and empower HR and the generosity of donors to lead positive social change impacting work, workers and the workplace because our vision is to be a world of work that works for all. The SHRM Foundation's robust and relevant programming, resources and meaningful partnerships, along with evidence-based research, educate and train HR professionals to hire diverse talent, build inclusive workplaces and help employees find purpose at work and beyond.
About One Mind
One Mind is a leading mental health non-profit that catalyzes comprehensive action across the scale of the brain health crisis, working from science to patients to society. Moving towards our vision of healthy brains for all, One Mind is accelerating treatments and cures for mental disorders and providing hope to patients and their families. Launched in 2017, One Mind at Work is a global coalition of leaders from diverse sectors who have joined together with the goal of transforming approaches to mental health and addiction. One Mind at Work now includes more than 25 global employers and 18 research and content partners. The coalition covers nearly 6 million people under its charter. www.onemindatwork.org.
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