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Resources To Support the Mental Health of Parents and Caregivers in Your Workforce

Updated: Jan 12

This year, U.S. President Joseph Biden proclaimed November 2023 as "National Family Caregivers Month." This comes on the heels of an executive order earlier this year focused on increasing access to high-quality care and supporting caregivers.

There is a rising number of workers balancing work and caregiving. According to a Harvard Business School study, 73 percent of employees in the United States currently care for a child, parent, or friend. There is also a subset of caregivers growing in the workforce that are feeling the impact of their newly acquired roles: the sandwich generation. Currently, an estimated 23% of adults in the United States are part of it — caught between the demands of caring for an aging relative and their own children.

Women are disproportionally impacted as they are more likely to take a primary caregiving role, and the growing dearth of both child and elder care options and cost is leading to additional stress, resulting in many women forgoing their jobs. Workplaces need to prioritize supporting the mental health of caregivers in their workforce.

Ways HR Leaders Can Support the Mental Health of Caregivers in Their Workforce

During the pandemic, Mind Share Partners and Culture Amp convened leaders from their organizations and others for a panel discussing ways to support caregivers' mental health work during the pandemic. As this need grows, many of the lessons shared by the panel still apply today, including:

  • Leaders can model vulnerability by sharing their own experiences as professionals and caregivers, and/or model healthy working practices and clear communications that encourage and create safety for those experiencing challenges to ask for support without fearing repercussions.

  • Listen to your workers because there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Parents, caregivers for older adults, and those in the sandwich generation all face unique challenges. Take the time to survey and talk with each group and hear their challenges. Listening and then taking action based on your workers' needs signals that you care.

  • Create flexibility where possible. Be proactive in discussing communication and working norms, and figure out what works best for your team.

  • Adjust the benefits you offer. At Mind Share Partners, we offer benefits that expand to various subgroups of caregivers, including. paid parental leave, paid medical leave (that includes caring for loved ones), paid PTO, and a remote environment with schedule flexibility.

Below, Mind Share Partners has compiled an additional list of resources for HR and People teams to support parents and caregivers and individual resources for these employees.

I. Resources for HR & People Leaders Supporting Parents and Caregivers

II. Articles for Working Parents & Caregivers

III. Organizations and Resources for Parents and Caregivers

  • [Organization] Family Caregiver Alliance The mission of Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and the people who receive their care.

  • [Organization] Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Created a resource finder page to help caregivers get support.

  • [Organization] National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a s a national family-run organization focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families.

  • [Organization] Child Mind Institute The Child Mind Institute is committed to finding effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers.

  • [Organization] NAMI Family Support Group NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition.

  • [Organization] Caregiver Action Network (CAN) Caregiver Action Network works to improve the quality of life for Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, diseases, or the frailties of old age.

IV. Resources for Mental Health ERGs (or Affinity Groups)

Mind Share Partners has created resources for employee resource groups (ERGs) focused on mental health, neurodiversity, ability, etc. These resources include:


1 Comment

Jun 18, 2023

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