How Leaders Can Support Mental Health in the Workplace

By Bridget Russell, Ed. D.

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living and working with a mental health issue. More and more, companies realize that it is time to fight stigma, provide support, educate and advocate for policies that support people with mental health issues.

Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience some form of mental illness every year according to reports from the Center for Workplace Mental Health at the American Psychiatric Association.

Bridget Russell, Ed.D. shares how leaders can be thoughtful while handling and accepting mental health issues in the workplace.  Dr. Russell provides important information regarding the important role leaders play in listening and informing team members of resources their companies provide to support their physical and mental well-being.

This blog was authored by Bridget Russell, Ed.D. Bridget helps organizations achieve key business results using her expertise in Applied Behavioral Science. She has consulted with and coached leaders in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, higher education, consumer packaged goods, banking, and pharmaceuticals. Bridget is also the Director of People Systems at ALULA. In addition to her human resource responsibilities, she leads the organization’s efforts to provide a healthy, safe, engaging work environment.

Topics: Leadership, Communicating with Teams, Workplace Mental Health, Workplace Health