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1 in 5 Americans

will manage a diagnosable mental health condition such as depression or anxiety every year.


Did you know?

Mental health conditions are just as prevalent in entrepreneurs.

(Freeman, 2018)

Up to 80%

will manage a diagnosable mental health

condition at least once in their lifetime.

(Schaefer, 2017)

This makes mental health conditions more common than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes—combined.

(Kessler, 2005)

What's the problem?


Stigma around mental health conditions, particularly in the workplace setting, remains a persisting factor that stifles conversation and treatment-seeking behavior.

69% of employees

would hide their mental health condition from coworkers.

(Wong, 2015)


8 in 10 employees

don't seek treatment because of fear and shame.



Only 3-5% of employees

access employee assistance programs (EAPs),

and very little else currently exists to address

mental health at work.

(Attridge, 2013)

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What’s work got to do with it?

Most people spend a majority of their waking hours at work,

and there are many factors in the workplace that have a unique

and independent impact on the mental health of employees.

This means that unhealthy workplaces can worsen existing conditions or cause new ones to develop.

(Stansfeld, 2008)

Lack of control and poor decision-making latitude

(Stansfeld et al., 1999)

Low social support


(Bildt & Michélsen, 2002)

Imbalance between effort and reward


(Siegrist et al., 2004; Stansfeld et al., 1999)

Poor communication and information

(Corey & Wolf, 1992)

Job insecurity

(Baumann et al., 2010)

Emotionally distressing work

(Cox & Griffiths, 1995)

Lack of participation


​(French et al., 1982)

Unclear or ambiguous instructions and role

(Ingersoll et al., 1999; Kahn, 1973; Margolis et al., 1974)

Time pressure

(Jones et al. 1998; Schriber & Gutek, 1987)

Bullying, harassment, or violence

(Cox & Griffiths, 1995;
Vartia, 2001;
Richman et al., 1999)

Organizational change

(Karasek & Theorell, 1990)

Long work hours

(Goh, et al., 2015)

What factors in the workplace

affect our mental health?

What are the consequences?

Mental health is still a taboo topic, and stigma is

especially prevalent in the workplace resulting in

measurable consequences to organizations.

$17B is lost
in the U.S. in productivity

each year.

(Finch, 2005)

$5.5k is lost per person

in productivity each year in the U.S. from depression alone.

(Evans-Lacko, 2016)

217 million days of work

are lost due to mental health conditions.

(Finch, 2005)

How can this change?


3/4 of mental illnesses are not considered "serious" and can be temporary.

(Ahrnsbrak, 2017)

For every dollar invested in creating a mentally healthy workplace, $2.30 is generated in benefits to the company.


80% of individuals can be symptom-free and relapse-free with the right combination of treatment and support.

(WHO, 2001)


Employees whose mental disorders are being attended to provide better customer service and experience more favorable co-worker interactions, higher productivity, and less healthcare-related expense.

(NAMI, 2015)

"A substantial component of

what we describe as disordered

is often short-lived, of lesser

severity or self-limiting."

(Scientific American, 2018)


What can I do to support mental health at work?


Equip yourself

Download Mind Share Partners' free toolkit on creating mentally healthy workplaces.

Empower your teams

Educate, inspire, and equip your employees with the tools to skillfully navigate mental health in the workplace.


Lead by example

Drive culture change and share your insights and stories

by writing for Mind Share Partners' blog.


Create communities

Mind Share Partners' professional communities are made up of working professionals that provide support and best practices as they navigate their mental health at work.


Learn more about Mind Share Partners

We are changing the culture of workplace mental health so that both

employees and organizations can thrive.

We do this through awareness, workshops, and peer groups.

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