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Talk to Employees about Mental Health in May

Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month and the time is ripe for your company to double down its efforts to raising awareness about this important aspect of employee’s health and well-being; reducing stigma related to seeking care and providing support; and connecting employees with relevant benefits and resources. Consider this:

  • Stress is on the rise, with more than half of employees (54%) reporting high stress.
  • Just 22% of employees say that they would be comfortable reaching out to a fellow employee dealing with an emotional and/or mental health issue.
  • 1 in 5 employees sought mental health counseling or related services in the last year…. But 74% experienced one or more obstacles in getting treatment.

Furthermore, based on newly released data from the 2017 Consumer Health Mindset TM Survey, employees want guidance and support from their employer when it comes to their mental and emotional health (see below).1


Most Helpful Resources My Employer Could Provide*

Most Important Mental Health Resouces My Employer Could Provide
*Figures represent percentages ranking 1, 2, or 3 among consumers who sought counseling in the past year.
Source: 2017 Consumer Health Mindset TM Survey: Aon Hewitt, the National Business Group on Health, and Kantar Futures


Looking for ways to kick-start conversations around the importance of mental health? Wellness champions and middle managers can play a role in raising awareness of mental health benefits and programs, as well as providing support and assistance to employees in need. Several companies, for example, recently developed toolkits that teach managers how to recognize the signs of emotional distress among employees. These toolkits also include a list of benefits and resources that managers may provide to employees, when appropriate. Manager training is also on the rise, as companies realize the impact of managers on their culture and employees’ well-being.

In recognition for Mental Health month, how can your company take a step forward to improve the mental and emotional health of your employees?

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  1. 2017 Consumer Health Mindset TM Survey: Aon Hewitt, the National Business Group on Health, and Kantar Futures, Accesssed May 4, 2017.