Mental health is the next frontier of the diversity and inclusion movement.
The experiences of mental health at work are diverse, but many employees who manage mental health conditions face shame, stigma, and discrimination at work.
Companies that reduce this stigma can increase engagement, productivity, and belonging across communities by starting the dialogue and providing support.
Mental health includes a spectrum of experiences.
From the 1 in 5 employees who manage a diagnosable condition in any given year to the 60% of all employees who reported symptoms of a mental health condition in the past year, every employee exists somewhere on the spectrum of mental health.
Mental health affects all levels of the organization.
Research shows that symptoms of mental health conditions are just as prevalent across seniority levels within organizations. In fact, some conditions are even higher in high-performing professionals like entrepreneurs.
Mental health challenges can strengthen teams and organizations.
Recent media and insights from our professional communities have surfaced ways in which mental health challenges benefit workplaces, from creative thinking and attention to detail to increased empathy as a manager.
But mental health is often stigmatized and marginalized.
How does mental health differ across various demographic groups?