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Mental Health Awareness

Employees are experiencing more mental health struggles and overall negative feelings about their work, underscoring an “urgent need” for employers to take more aggressive measures to help with their benefits offerings.

Employees are now more likely to experience negative feelings at work, including stress (12 percent more likely) and burnout (17 percent more likely) than they were pre-pandemic (2019), according to new data from MetLife. Employees are also 51 percent more likely to feel depressed at work than they were pre-pandemic as they face what the insurer calls a “complex macro environment and permacrisis state”—a state which has included the pandemic, persistent high inflation, international turmoil and war, and more.
State of ‘Permacrisis’ Taking a Hit on Employees’ Mental Health
SHRM | Mar 2024

How Work Changes Mental Health
SHRM HR Magazine | May 2024

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

How can employers address the effects of employees’ mental health issues in the workplace?
Littler | Feb 2024

An Employer’s Week-by-Week Guide to Mental Health Awareness Month
Fisher Phillips | Apr 2024

Mental Health Awareness Month
National Alliance on Mental Illness


Mental health-related leaves of absence are surging in the workplace, new data finds, up 33 percent in 2023 over 2022—analysis indicating that mental health pressures among employees show no signs of relenting.
Mental Health-Related Absences Up 33% in 2023
SHRM | Mar 2024

How should an employer respond when an under-performing employee discloses a mental health condition?
When Mental Health and Performance Management Collide
Venable | Mar 2024

Somewhat surprisingly for their age and experience, Gen-Z knows what matters to them, and they’re accepting—and eliminating—jobs based on their criteria, which may have little to do with the position itself. This generation cares deeply about a company’s values, perhaps even more than the product or service it provides.
Gen-Z In The Modern Workplace: Mental Health And Well-Being Matters
Forbes | Mar 2024

Five distinct generations share today’s workplace, each with different expectations and preferences for mental health support. Older employees from the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers and Generation X typically had fewer demands for mental health support when they entered the workforce. Millennials may be more vocal, while Generation Z lacks experience in asking for mental health-related help.
Meeting Mental Health Needs Across Generations
SHRM | Feb 2024

Here are five charts on why talking about mental health is so hard, why it’s worth paying attention to worker mental health, and what companies can do to make workers feel heard.
How and why to prioritize mental health in the workplace
Ipsos | Feb 2024

There’s no question that employee burnout and mental health issues have been a continuous problem over the past several years. But despite various employer investments in benefits to troubleshoot stress and improve emotional well-being, employees are still dealing with significant anxiety.
Why Mental Health Will Be One of the Biggest Topics of 2024
SHRM | Jan 2024

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Employer Strategies

Workplace Mental Health & Wellness
SHRM Workplace Mental Health & Wellness Initiative (field guide, certificate, resources, and more)

The "Mental Health at Work: What Can I Do" Campaign
DOL The Campaign for Disability Employment

Surgeon General's Framework for Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being

Mental Health Support Strategies for Healthcare Workers
News-Medical.Net | Mar 2024

Mental Health at Work
World Health Organization

Research Reports
(Some require completion of brief form to download.)

The 2024 NAMI Workplace Mental Health Poll
NAMI Releases Poll Showing Post-Pandemic Workforce Demands More Mental Health Support
NAMI | Feb 2024

2024 State of Workforce Mental Health Report
Lyra Health | 2024

MetLife’s 2024 Employee Benefit Trends Study
MetLife | Mar 2024

TELUS Mental Health Index
TELUS Mental Health Index: Workers under 40 in the US are isolated and lonely resulting in reduced mental health and productivity
TELUS Health | Mar 2024

DIY Resources

Take a Mental Health Test
DIY Tools
Mental Health America

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Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) requires covered individual and group health plans and issuers of health insurance (collectively “Health Plans”) to collect and evaluate data and address the material differences between access to MH/SUD benefits when compared to medical/surgical benefits. Its purpose is to ensure that Health Plan members who seek MH/SUD treatment do not face greater barriers than members who seek medical treatment.
Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act: Comprehensive Final Rule Expected in 2024
Husch Blackwell | Mar 2024

In a new poll conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), researchers found encouraging signs that workers and their managers are more comfortable addressing mental health issues such as burnout and stress. But there are still gaps when it comes to creating a supportive mental-health environment in the workplace.
People Are Comfortable Discussing Mental Health at Work—Just Not Their Own
TIME | Feb 2024

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