Employers Should Play an Active Role in Employee’s Mental Health, According to New Survey

More than three in four U.S. employees (76%) have dealt with issues negatively affecting their mental health according to new survey results. Almost all employees (96%) agree that mental health is as important as physical health, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable.

Mental health tops the agenda this week as members of the Association’s CEO Roundtable gather on October 10th, World Mental Health Day, to discuss specific strategies to accelerate evidence-based workplace health programs to improve employee health and well-being and the health of their communities.

The online survey conducted by The Harris Poll also revealed that 42 percent of employees say they have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder by a healthcare professional, indicating the need for mental health services in the workplace.

Led by Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky and Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, the 43-member CEO Roundtable leadership collaborative, established in 2013, drives innovative solutions to improve employee health and engagement through evidence-based interventions. The CEO Roundtable’s goal is to improve the lives of their collective 10 million employees and family members and is part of the American Heart Association’s strategy to build powerful partnerships and develop solutions that accelerate scientific discovery, empower people and promote equitable access to optimal health.

There has been growing awareness in recent years about the fact that mental health disorders can affect anyone. Yet, social stigma and discrimination associated with mental illnesses are significant barriers to an individual’s health and may also prevent an employee from seeking help, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly 43.8 million U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Read more at the American Heart Association.