April 30, 2020
This section provides examples of tools and ideas that global employers are implementing in many geographies around the world. What’s more, these efforts are receiving positive feedback from employees and HR partners.
Example Employer Programs
Employers employ many different programs to address mental health in their workforce. Some are targeted to key needs such as awareness, stigma, access or training.
Awareness and Education
There is a lot of misinformation about how mental health conditions start, what causes them and how they are treated. These erroneous ideas range from mental health disorders being thought of as a weakness in some countries to being thought of as witchcraft in others.
Testimonials and Storytelling: One of the most effective ways to combat stigma is to have people share their stories.
In many countries, there is relatively little convenient, safe and affordable access to mental health clinicians. Inpatient or psychiatrist visits may be covered for serious mental health disorders, and medications may be covered, but counseling is unheard of except for the very rich.
Peers and managers often report being concerned about the mental health of co-workers and supervisees, but they are unsure about how to start the conversation on this sensitive topic. Global employers are implementing various training programs to assist in starting this dialogue, build awareness of the resources available and promote utilization of services.
Similar to well-being champions, mental health champions typically volunteer to address stigma and misinformation about mental health issues, as well as spread the word about available benefits and programs at their worksite. This can be done both informally, through sharing with peers, and formally, through workshops, webinars, World Mental Health Day campaigns and more.
Leveraging National Campaigns
In many countries, there are already national campaigns and NGOs addressing mental health in the workplace. Some of these have training tools, employer pledges, testimonials and other resources available. Rather than starting from scratch, partnering with or utilizing tools from these organizations can give global employers head starts in a resource-constrained environment.
Think Global: Strategies that Multinational Employers Use Worldwide
Introduction & Full GuideAddressing Mental Health From a Global and Local Perspective
Part 1Think Global: Strategies that Multinational Employers Use Worldwide
Part 2Act Local: How Access, Stigma and Coverage Vary in Key Markets and Their Impact on Employer Offerings
Part 3Addressing Mental Health in China
Part 4Addressing Mental Health in France
Part 5Addressing Mental Health in India
Part 6Addressing Mental Health in Italy
Part 7Addressing Mental Health in Japan
Part 8Addressing Mental Health in Mexico
Part 9Addressing Mental Health in South Africa
Part 10Addressing Mental Health in Spain
Part 11Addressing Mental Health in United Kingdom
Part 12Addressing Mental Health in United Arab Emirates
Part 13Mental Health Guide: Example Employer Tools and Resources
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