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Mental Health
in the Workplace

For many Americans, a quarter to a third of one’s life will be spent in the workplace.14 This includes millions of people living with mental health conditions: research shows that 20 percent of employees manage a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year, and about half of all employees will experience at least a temporary condition at some point in their lives.15

No matter your profession or work setting, mental health matters in the workplace.

By understanding what is available to help you navigate mental health in the workplace, you can take steps toward living well, supporting others and encouraging a culture of support and understanding.

Below are resources, tips and tools from mental health experts to support your wellness and address mental health challenges you may face or worry about in the workplace.

By understanding what is available to help you navigate mental health in the workplace, you can take steps toward living well, supporting others and encouraging a culture of support and understanding.

Below are resources, tips and tools from mental health experts to support your wellness and address mental health challenges you may face or worry about in the workplace.

“One in five people experience a mental health related issue in any given year. It could be your coworker, your employee, or you. Working full-time with a mental health condition is difficult, but often possible with the correct supports.”

Gabe Howard, Writer, Speaker and Advocate
Gabe Howard

“Workplace mental health impacts absolutely everyone. The better you understand mental wellness the better you can support your coworkers and help your team be more productive and accomplished.”

Linea Johnson, Author, Speaker and Advocate
Linea Johnson

To hear from more advocates on their experiences with mental health in the workplace, check out this article we developed in partnership with Forbes.

Finding practical guidance on what to do when navigating mental health in the workplace and how to support your occupational health can be overwhelming. Below are resources and articles that provide some concrete steps and helpful advice around common mental health-related challenges to support your health in the workplace.

It’s important to understand your mental health in the context of work. Below are resources that can help employees support work-life balance, address and cope with work-related stress and live well while working.

  • MHA: Work Life Balance Guidance on different ways you can manage stress at work and at home in order to maintain a positive work-life balance and help improve your experience in the workplace
  • The Stability Network: Testimony to the Power of Healing Stories from people who are successfully living and working with a mental health condition
  • theSkimm: Taking Care of Yourself Overview of common signs of mental health issues and challenges, as well as tips for taking care of your mental health and well-being inside and outside of the workplace
  • The Jed Foundation: Tips For Managing Stress and Anxiety Tips to help promote overall well-being and reduce stress and anxiety caused by stressors such as adjusting to a new job, finances or general stress that interferes with daily living

If you're working, it is important to understand what services are available through your employer or insurance that could help you obtain the support you need. Being aware of your legal protections in the workplace is one way you can be an empowered employee and member of the workforce. The below resources provide an overview of how to navigate this element of work.

  • NAMI: Succeeding at Work Information on your rights, such as protection against discrimination and requesting a leave of absence from work
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights Helpful Q&A about your legal rights in the workplace if you are living with a mental health condition
  • American Psychological Association: What You Need to Know About Mental Health Coverage Q&A that explains the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the impact it has on people’s mental health benefits and insurance coverage
  • MentalHealth.gov: Health Insurance and Mental Health Services Informational Q&A that explores frequently asked questions about insurance (including Medicare and Medicaid) in relation to mental health services
  • Americans with Disabilities (ADA) National Network: Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace and the ADA Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s protections for people living with mental health conditions as well as strategies to ensure your rights are being recognized

Below are resources for employees, managers and leaders on how to prioritize mental health in the workplace and help create a supportive work culture.

  1. Mental Health America. Workplace Mental Health. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/workplace-mental-health.
  2. Thrive Global. Inside the Realities of Workplace Mental Health (and What Leaders Can Do to Help). https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/30331-inside-the-realities-of-workplace-mental-health. May 2018.
  1. Mental Health America. Workplace Mental Health. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/workplace-mental-health.
  2. Thrive Global. Inside the Realities of Workplace Mental Health (and What Leaders Can Do to Help). https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/30331-inside-the-realities-of-workplace-mental-health. May 2018.