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Preparing and Supporting HR Leaders to Address Challenges

Tackling Societal Challenges

If we mobilize and equip HR and its allies to strengthen workplace mental health and wellness with a focus on access, stigma, and equity, then we will tackle a critical societal challenge affecting the world of work to ensure that more talent—including HR talent—and workplaces prosper and thrive.


of HR professionals believe offering mental health resources can increase productivity.

$23 billion

is spent each year in the United States on work productivity loss due to depression.


of U.S. workers believe mental health benefits are more important than higher wages.

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The Impact of Mental Health on the Workplace

SHRM Foundation knows that the world of work is buffeted every day by the world beyond work. We’re here to support HR professionals in addressing the biggest societal challenges affecting their colleagues—and have currently trained our energy on the number one challenge affecting the world of work today: mental health and well-being. Through commissioned research, trainings, and other resources, we’re working to make it easier for HR professionals to address mental health and the root causes impacting workers’ mental well-being.