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Mental Health

Author: Jessica Webb-Ayer, XpertHR Legal Editor

No workplace is immune to mental health issues, and employers that fail to think of mental health as a pressing workforce concern do so at their peril. According to federal statistics:

  • Nearly one in five American adults lives with some type of mental illness; and
  • One in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness (e.g., major depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder).

With statistics like these, it is clear that employers need to think about the well-being of their employees. The following are key steps an employer can take to address mental health issues in the workplace.

1. Recognize Workplace Impact