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Understanding Workplace Mental Health

Workplaces have the opportunity to change the culture of mental health.

How common are mental health conditions?

1 in 5 Americans

suffers annually from a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety.


Up to 80% of Americans

will have a mental health condition at some point in their lives, even if it’s temporary.


More common than

cancer, heart disease, or diabetes.


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.

95% of employees

who have taken off time due to stress named another reason, such as an upset stomach or headache.


69% of employees

would hide their mental health condition from coworkers.


8 in 10 employees

don’t seek treatment because of fear and shame.



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 been shown to exacerbate and even cause mental health challenges, including burnout and diagnosable conditions.

Lack of control and poor decision-making latitude

(Goh; Nieuwenhuijsen; Stansfeld et al.,)

Imbalance between effort and reward

(Baumann et al.; Nieuwenhuijsen; Stansfeld et al.)

Poor communication and information



Unclear or ambiguous instructions and role


Lack of participation



Emotionally distressing work


Job insecurity

(Goh; Stansfeld et al.,; WHO)

Time pressure



Bullying, harassment, or violence



Organizational change



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.



$5.5k is lost per person

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


217 million days of work

are lost due to mental health conditions.


“Even in your weakest moments, you’re not supposed to present anything other than your game face. It’s not the culture that creates the illness, but it’s a culture that actually makes this illness even harder to grapple with.”

Penelope Draganic, Brava & Associates

“Mostly Human: Silicon Valley's Secret"


The Opportunity


People spend a significant amount of their time in their workplaces, providing an unmatched opportunity for intervention and culture change that is beneficial to an employer’s culture and bottom line.

Mental health awareness is reaching an inflection point in the United States, similar to where the LGBTQ movement was 20 years ago, the workplace has to be involved in order for the culture to change significantly.

Even more so, it has to be a leader.


Why Mind Share Partners?


Organizations that commit to supporting employees increase productivity and engagement, becoming more desirable places to work. Research shows that social contact, along with peer support and education, are the most effective ways to normalize mental health conditions and reduce stigma.

Mind Share Partners offers three programs that map to each of these pillars.



We’re always excited to speak with individuals and organizations who are passionate about improving the culture around mental health in the workplace.

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