Mental Health Stigma Is Quitting the Workplace

By: Anneken Tappe · February 14, 2024 · Reading Time: 2 minutes

Work-Life What?

Workers don’t exist in a vacuum, and as much as we all want to separate work and life, sometimes they spill over into one another.

Family issues, global events, personal finances, and mental health can affect workers’ well-being and productivity. Companies have realized this, and when it comes to mental health, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.

Shifting Tides

Mental health has long been stigmatized, but that is changing. Some 3 in 4 workers believe it’s okay to talk about mental health at work, according to a poll by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). More than half of workers (58%) said they would feel comfortable doing so.

Cultural norms around the topic of mental wellbeing are changing, but businesses are also increasingly aware of the importance of their employees’ mental health. More than two-thirds of employers believe that depression and anxiety are a workplace concern, according to a separate study from HR consulting firm Mercer. For many companies this is resulting in more varied benefits to support workers.

Making Changes

On the whole, these initiatives appear to be working: 4 in 5 employees believe their workplaces provided satisfactory emotional support, according to NAMI, and 86% felt they could be themselves on the job.

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