Mental Health Resources for Employers, Employees and You
Resources to help you support employees' wellbeing
With almost 20% of adults in the U.S. living with mental illness, understanding mental health is more important than ever. Mental illness often breaks down along gender lines, with women more likely to be affected by conditions like depression, anxiety or bipolar disorders than men. Even those without a diagnosis consider their emotional state a key factor of overall health, urging policymakers and employers to respond. Though studies show stigma around certain mental illnesses has decreased over the last few decades, stigma is still prevalent, meaning people who are concerned about a possible or confirmed mental illness face discrimination and may therefore be reluctant to seek treatment.
Below, we’ve listed resources to begin important conversations about decreasing mental illness stigma, being a supportive employer, finding help for yourself and supporting someone who struggles. Many of these focus on general mental wellness, and can’t replace the help of a professional, especially for someone in crisis.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, reach out to Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741 or by sending a message via WhatsApp.
How to start important conversations.
4 Ways to Destigmatize Mental Health at Work
Expert advice for employers and leaders who want to make their workplaces healthy.
TEDxWartburg College – Shadowloss: Shedding Light on Our Hidden Grief
When we experience a loss of something—like a divorce, infertility, getting fired, etc.—it can feel the same as if we had lost someone. Sometimes worse because the hidden grief that follows leaves us feeling isolated. Shadowloss is a term coined by author and grief expert Cole Imperi that gives us the language to better identify, label, and process our own life experiences.
Helping business owners and managers understand how mental health issues may show up in the workplace, plus how to support staff
The Anxious Achiever podcast
Rethink mental health and work, with candid stories from leaders who’ve been there. Created by the Harvard Business Review.
The Importance of Psychological Safety at Work
Defined as the belief that one can speak up in their workplace without risk of punishment or humiliation, psychological safety is an essential component of an effective, balanced and equitable office environment. This easy-to-use guide offers insights on the importance of psychological safety, while sharing implementation strategies for leaders.
Care as a Business Strategy
Doula and wellness expert Latham Thomas presented a webinar for our entrepreneur community about how an office culture centered on self-care can prevent burnout and increase overall wellness.
Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace
Though this guide from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was created to help employees know their rights (including things such as reasonable accommodations), it’s essential reading for employers.
According to the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases, burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. This checklist from AstraZeneca can help leaders and employees understand if burnout is the cause of trouble at work, and if so, what may be the next step.
The Center for Workplace Mental Health
The Center for Workplace Mental Health sets the standard for mentally healthy workplaces by leading on best practices and innovation, leveraging strategic alliances, and developing and disseminating high impact tools and resources. Created by the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.
Ways to find mental health professionals or activities that support wellness
Founded by 2021 Tory Burch Fellow Mackenzie Drazan, MiResource helps you find the right mental health professional. Partnering with over 40 universities and colleges, MiResource also serves students’ particular needs.
Therapy for Black Girls
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls, created by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford. Find therapists in your area, listen to the podcast and more.
Dr. Boardman’s The Dose
Actionable, science-backed insight and advice on how to boost vitality, build resilience and turn full days into more fulfilling days, from Embrace Ambition Summit speaker Dr. Samantha Boardman.
Lindsay Brahman worksheets
Downloadable mental health checklists, worksheets and more, created by licensed therapist and artist Lindsay Brahman.
Permission to Come Home: Reclaiming Mental Health as Asian Americans
One of the first books of its kind, Permission to Come Home is a crucial resource for the rapidly growing community of Asian Americans, immigrants, and other minorities and marginalized people to practice mental and emotional self-care. Moreover, it helps readers to work on their mental health while understanding and honoring the richness of their heritage and embodying a new, complete, and whole identity. Written by Dr. Jenny Wang, founder of Asians for Mental Health.
Fearless Femme 100
Wellness and mental health resources for queer and/or trans people of color, including social justice-informed therapists, peer support groups and crisis lines.
Open to Hope
Led by psychotherapist and grief expert Dr. Gloria Horsely, Open to Hope is an online website where people can share and read or listen to inspirational stories of loss and love.
It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand
This title by psychotherapist and grief expert Megan Devine encourages readers to see their grief as a natural response to death and loss, rather than an aberrant condition needing transformation.
Sudden.org’s COVID-19 Bereavement hub
If you have been bereaved by COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), or if you are caring for someone who has, these resources are for you.
The Depression Project
Created by two brothers (one who struggled with major depressive disorder and one a licensed therapist), the Depression Project offers targeted exercises to help people understand their depression and work through it.
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SAMSHA National Helpline
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
It’s OK to Ask About Suicide
Crisis Text Line’s guide to talking to someone you suspect is contemplating suicide or self-harm.
When To Seek Treatment
A helpful list of potential symptoms of mental illness in children, adolescents and adults that may indicate the individual needs help from a counselor, psychiatrist or other mental or behavioral professional.
How to Help a Grieving Friend
This archive from therapist and grief expert Megan Devine lists scripts, tips and other resources for those who want to care for a loved one in pain.
Speaking of Psychology Podcast
Speaking of Psychology is an audio podcast series produced by the American Psychological Association highlighting some of the latest, most important, and relevant psychological research being conducted today.
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