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A trio of mental health organizations have teamed up to create an assessment to connect employers with tools, resources, best practices and support for employees with mental health needs.
The organizations include the Center for Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health America (MHA) and One Mind at Work, a program of One Mind.
The 20-question assessment is designed to be simple to use and focus on four key areas:
- The importance of leadership
- Improving access to services and support
- Building a healthy organization and culture
- Raising awareness and training.
According to the coalition, assessment resources include information that makes the business case for employers to take action.
“Collectively we identified a gap in the workplace mental health field for a publicly available online assessment that would build on our existing organizational efforts,” said Garen Staglin, co-founder of One Mind at Work. “By working together in a collaborative effort, we felt we could better support participants’ workplace mental health programs and services with a unified single standard assessment versus one from each of us.”
Workers are more stressed than they were five years ago, according to a Korn Ferry survey from 2018. Thus, it would behoove organizations to become more adept in how they connect their employees to mental health resources.
“The places where we work affect our overall mental health and well-being,” said Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of MHA. “This assessment will allow everyone — both employers and employees — to understand the impact of their existing programs, define new areas of focus, and ultimately improve how workplaces impact everyone’s mental health.”