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In the world of occupational health and safety, physical safety is normally the priority. But what are you doing to support your workers’ mental health?

Some new staggering stats show that 46%* of people now suffer from mental health issues (compared to 39% prior to the pandemic). Serious mental illnesses and substance abuse are also on the rise since the pandemic started. Younger workers report more mental health issues—71% of Gen Z and 59% of Millennials—than older workers.

Employees with behavioral health issues are typically less productive and less engaged in workplace safety initiatives. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to help employees who are suffering from mental illness.

5 Tips to Support Your Team’s Mental Health

  1. Check in with your employees and make your connections personal. Pay special attention to those who are working from home or live alone.
  2. Share mental health and substance abuse resources and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline cards in the breakroom.
  3. Encourage employees to take a free mental health assessment.
  4. Share information about your company’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) if you have one.
  5. Create a culture in which employees feel supported and are encouraged to discuss their mental health.