A New Study Shares Insights On The State of Mental Health In U.S. Workplaces

Updated: Nov 22, 2019

Mind Share Partners in Partnership with SAP and Qualtrics Release Mental Health at Work Report

Nina Tomaro | Marketing and Communications, Mind Share Partners

This article was orignally published on Mind Share Partners' "Mental Health at Work" section on Thrive Global.

We are constantly seeing countries like the United Kingdom featured in the news about mental health and its importance. Their understanding and perceptions of mental health in the workplace have been shifting over the last few years, especially with the outspoken support of Britain’s royal family.

In the U.S., however, we are still only at the beginning stages of this important topic, and research on the prevalence of mental health and stigma, especially from a workplace lens, is limited.

What does the lived experience of mental health and stigma in U.S. workplaces today look like?

Mind Share Partners addresses this question in its 2019 Mental Health at Work Report in partnership with SAP and Qualtrics. On May 1, 2019, they shared the initial findings with 100+ business leaders on a panel at the Mental Health at Work Conference.

The panel included:

  • Panelist: Kelly Greenwood, Founder & CEO at Mind Share Partners

  • Panelist: Nick Tzitzon, EVP, Marketing & Communications at SAP

  • Moderator: Mike Maughan, Head of Global Insights at Qualtrics

Here are 6 major takeaways from the survey panel for businesses to understand the state of mental health in U.S. workplaces.

1. Nearly 60 percent of respondents said they had experienced one or more of a dozen negative mental health symptoms in the past year.

When asked if she was surprised by this stat, panelist Kelly Greenwood shared, “So it is definitely not surprising to me now. However, 3 years ago prior to starting Mind Share Partners, it would have been shocking to me.

I think people are much more likely to acknowledge symptoms rather than acknowledging having a full mental health condition.

I think it goes to show just how pervasive this is and how mental health is a spectrum.”

2. Mental health symptoms were equally prevalent across seniorit