How Focusing on Mental Health in Corporate America Can Help You Live a Better Life

by CapCareAdmin on May 21, 2015

Millions of Americans have suffered from mental health issues throughout their lifetime. According to a study by National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four adults – approximately 61 million Americans – experience a type of mental illness per year.

Recently, leaders of the corporate world have decided to take a stand by incorporating mental health and wellness programs into their employees’ daily schedules. Many leaders of corporate businesses are starting to realize the negative impact that emotional and mental health issues are having on companies. In a survey by Employee Benefit News magazine, 31 percent of respondents chose mental illness as the number one cause of lost productivity, increased absenteeism, and other indirect costs.

Coping with mental illness can be just as challenging as coping with physical disabilities in the workplace. Mental health issues can cause top employees to not perform at their best. Generally speaking, health employees are far more productive and successful in their jobs.

Dr. David Ballard, head of the Center for Organizational Excellence at American Psychological Association, stated,

“Companies need more than a good quality mental health benefits to solve this problem…actually integrating behavioral health and emotional well-being into all of the organization’s health and wellness activities is really the key.”

Fortunately for everyone, many companies across America have been making momentous strides in creating corporate health and wellness programs for employees.

Aetna has celebrated in success with its yoga and meditation programs implemented in 2012 as part of its wellness program. On average, the 13,000 employees who have participated in at least one class reported a 28 percent reduction in their stress levels, a 20 percent improvement in sleep quality, and said they have gained 62 minutes of productivity per week per person.

Furthermore, Booz Allen Hamilton developed a program that combines mental health education with physical exercise. The program, PowerUp, is a fun day of boot camp classes, break dancing lessons, and hula-hoop sessions that help employees achieve their physical, personal, and emotional health goals. At the end of the event, employees also receive reusable water bottles, healthy snacks, and wellness resources.

Logistic Health Incorporated gives their employees three hours per week to stop their usual work routine and utilize the company’s wellness programs at the workplace.

These corporate wellness programs, along with many others, have been shown to significantly reduce employees’ stress levels.

“Although we have seen some progress, the most challenging part of mental health issue in the corporate world is still getting rid of the stigma,” explained Clare Miller, director of partnership for Workplace Mental Health at American Psychiatric Foundation.

Miller continued to explain, “There’s a lot of stigma about mental health and reaching out…if you are an employer and are educating the employees about mental health, you are really sending out that message that it’s okay to reach out for help.”

If you or a loved one is seeking help for any mental health illness do not be afraid to reach out. Contact Capitol Care at their New Jersey department of mental health for support. You deserve the best care for your mental and emotional health.



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