Pension & Benefits News New toolkit helps employers create mental health-friendly workplace
Thursday, April 25, 2019

New toolkit helps employers create mental health-friendly workplace

By Pension and Benefits Editorial Staff

The Department of Labor is touting a new resource that it says will help employers to better understand mental health issues and provide guidance on how to cultivate a work environment that supports employees with related conditions. The Mental Health Toolkit is an online gateway to background, tools, and resources for employers, providing valuable information and guidance on how to offer a mental health-friendly workplace.

The Mental Health Toolkit also provides summaries of research on workplace mental health, descriptions of mental-health initiatives implemented by companies of varying sizes and industries, and links to ready-to-use resources employers can use to start their own.

The tool was created in coordination with the DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and its Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN). Funded by ODEP, EARN educates employers on strategies for recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing people with disabilities in the workplace.

"By some estimates, one in five American adults experiences a mental health condition each year, and work plays an important role in their wellness," Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy said in a release. "Employers that understand the importance of providing a supportive environment that empowers these employees are doing what's right for their employees and for their businesses."

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