This past week I had the opportunity to speak at the Greater Mercer Public
Health Partnership’s Workplace Wellness Summit where the focus was on
The keynote speaker highlighted some key points I felt are very important
to share here with you.
Craig Kramer’s official title is Global Mental Health Ambassador and he is
Chair of J&J’s Global Campaign for Mental Health.
He opened with a very personal story about how his life has been impacted
by a mental health condition: his daughters. (See his TEDX Talk here)
His emphasis was on why NOW is the time for businesses and business
leaders to play a critical role in eradicating the stigma associated with
Here’s some of the reasons he presented as to why ALL employers need to be:
“Working Well: Leading a Mentally Healthy Business.”
“The economic costs of mental illness will be more than cancer,
diabetes, and respiratory ailments put together.” – Director, US
National Institute of Mental Health at the World Economic Forum, January 2015
“217 million workdays are completely or partially lost each year due
to mental illness.”
“In a three month period, people with depression miss an average of 4.8
workdays and suffer 11.5 days of reduced productivity.”
“Mental illness is the number one cause of disability in the United States.”
“Mental health treatment works 80% of the time.”
“Stigma keeps people from using their EAP’s (Employee Assistance
Programs) as they have extremely low utilization – only 3-5%”
“If it’s mentionable, it’s manageable.” – Fred Rogers
“Stigma drives silence, and silence prevents those who suffer from seeking
help. Breaking the silence on mental illness encourages those who
will benefit to seek the help they need & deserve.”
He shared case studies of several companies making the effort & commitment
to bring mental health in to the workplace, including DuPont, Prudential, & PPG.
The critical message he was there to share that day:
“When an employer fosters a culture of well-being, it moves away from
traditional wellness programs and embraces a holistic approach that includes
emotional and mental health.”
There’s a toolkit available for us to share with our employers. Please download it here
and share with your employer!
No self disclosure needed!
“A friend asked me to share this with my employer. So I am passing it along.”
Let me know your thoughts below.
~ To Living Well TODAY! ~
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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