NAMI Finger Lakes encourages a healthy workplace that provides the necessary tools and resources that make talking about and seeking treatment for mental health conditions safe and accessible.
1 in 5 adults experience mental health conditions each year, about 43.8 million adults in the U.S.
Mental health conditions are chronic health concerns that can impact our work by affecting mood, ability to relate to others and to function on a daily basis.
Well-supported Employees Do Better Work
When mental health is a priority in the workplace, increased productivity, decreased disability cost, and increased retention and engagement with valued employees can be the result. Do you have a workplace that supports a positive mental health experience? Does your business or employer offer access to an Employee Assistance Program, health insurance benefits, and an emotionally healthy environment? Are conversations about mental health needs non-stigmatizing experiences that are met with respect, civility and a culture of well-being?
Resources For A Stigma-Free Workplace
We encourage you to use the resources here to assist you in creating a stigma-free workplace as a business owner, leader, supervisor, and employee.
NAMI Finger Lakes Programs and Services– NAMI Finger Lakes provides education, support and advocacy for families impacted by mental health conditions. All of our services are free.
NAMI Finger Lakes Crisis File– The Crisis File is a compilation of local resources for crisis services, as well as agencies and people who can help with related issues such as treatment, housing, engagement with the law, employment, etc.
NAMI StigmaFree Company– Connect with resources at this link, and reach out to our local NAMI Finger Lakes affiliate to build a work environment that is Stigma Free. There are many ways that an organization can support individuals experiencing mental health challenges, yet the biggest obstacle is often getting employees to utilize those supports and services. Eight in ten workers say shame and stigma prevent them from seeking treatment for a mental health condition. In addition, mental illness costs the economy about $200 billion in lost earnings each year. Businesses everywhere can begin to change this by becoming a StigmaFree Company—a company with a culture of openness, acceptance, and understanding about employees’ overall health and well-being.
Contact NAMI Finger Lakes today to learn more about how our support, education and advocacy services can help you build a Stigma-Free workplace.