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One-in-five people experience a mental health condition each year, including your coworkers. California workers, especially those working in sales, service, production, and health care, have experienced an increase in mental hea​​​lth issues since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health stigma may prevent employees from seeking the help they need. In fact, more than one-third of employees who reported moderate depression did not access support services.

It is important for employers to acknowledge and prioritize mental health and create a culture that supports well-being. Mental health support in the workplace can positively impact productivity, engagement, communication skills and daily functioning. Employers can help improve mental health by listening to employ​ee feedback, implementing practices that support mental well-being, and encouraging use of services like employee assistance programs.

If you or a colleague are experiencing a mental health crisis and need immediate assistance, please call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

​Use this toolkit to encourage employers and co-workers to support employee mental health. ​

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6 ways employers can help improve employee mental health
Listen to employee feedback and empower them to participate in discussions about issues affecting job stress
Implement new policies or practices that emphasize mental health and mental well-being
Explain to your employees why it's important to address mental health
Let employees know about mental health services and resources, including assistance programs and the 988 suicide & crisis lifeline
Recognize and highlight the importance of sick time for employees
Recognize and highlight the importance of sick time for employees.

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It’s important for employers to prioritize mental health and create a culture that supports well-being. Appropriate support can positively impact productivity, engagement, and physical capability.  
Learn more about how to prioritize employee mental health: https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/tools-resources/workplace-health/mental-health/index.html​ 
#MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #LookAroundLookWithin
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Supporting mental health in the workplace can positively impact an employee's well-being and performance. Employers can support employee mental well-being by improving workplace culture.

Learn more: ​https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/tools-resources/workplace-health/mental-health/index.html 
#MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #LookAroundLookWithin ​

Paid sick leave is a permanent law in California that most workers may qualify for

paid sick leave can be used for recoving from a physical or mental illness or injury, seeking medical diagnosis treatment or preventative care​​

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Most California workers qualify for paid sick leave. Paid sick leave can be used to:
  • ​Recover from physical/mental illness or injury
  • Seek medical diagnosis, treatment, or preventative care
  • Care for a family member who is ill or needs medical diagnosis, treatment, or preventative care

Learn more a​bout worker rights: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/California-Paid-Sick-Leave.html #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

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​​California offers paid sick leave to most workers. Paid sick leave can be used to:
  • Recover from physical/mental illness or injury
  • Seek treatment and care
  • Care for a family member who is ill and needs treatment

Learn more: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/California-Paid-Sick-Leave.html #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth​

​​Mental health issues aren't always obvious
Actively listen with complete attention to your coworker
Recognize their feelings and express your understanding back to them
Encourage them to use the available resources provided by your employer
Connecting on a personal level may benefit you both
If a colleague opens up about a serious concern, share the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline to get additional support

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Did you know that one in five people experience a mental health condition each year, including your coworkers? Reach out to a colleague who might need support, including sharing the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. To learn about how you can assist your coworkers, visit https://www.mhanational.org/how-can-we-support-employee-mental-health-concern​ #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

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Did you know that 1 in 5 people experience a mental health condition each year, including your coworkers? By connecting with one another, we can help build a supportive workplace culture that prioritizes well-being. #MentalHealthAwareness #SupportiveWorkplace

Learn more: https://www.mhanational.org/how-can-we-support-employee-mental-health-concern

Break the stigma​​

Stigma is a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something
Stigma can create feelings of shame and barriers that prevent people from reaching out for help
we can break stigma by becoming more aware of mental health conditions symptoms and treatment


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Let's break the stigma surrounding mental health and work toward​ solutions that reduce feelings of shame, fear, and silence. Get involved by:
  • Learning about mental health conditions, symptoms, warning signs, and treatment
  • Sharing resources that inform people how to reduce stigma
  • Discussing your own mental health experiences and insights

To learn more about reducing stigma surrounding mental health, visit https://namica.org/what-is-mental-illness/reducing-stigma/ #BreakTheStigma #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

Twitter Messagine:
Let's break the stigma surrounding mental health and work towards solutions that reduce feelings of shame, fear, and silence. Get involved by visiting https://namica.org/what-is-mental-illness/reducing-stigma/​ #BreakTheStigma #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth​​​​​​​​

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6 ways employers can help improve employee mental health
Listen to employee feedback and empower them to participate in discussions about issues affecting job stress
Implement new policies or practices that emphasize mental health and mental well-being
Explain to your employees why it's important to address mental health
Let employees know about mental health services and resources, including assistance programs and the 988 suicide & crisis lifeline
Recognize and highlight the importance of sick time for employees
Recognize and highlight the importance of sick time for employees.

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Es importante que los empleadores le den prioridad a la salud mental y creen una cultura que apoye el bienestar. El apoyo apropiado puede tener un impacto positivo en la productividad, participación y capacidad física.  
Obtén más información sobre cómo priorizar la salud mental de los empleados: https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/tools-resources/workplace-health/mental-health/index.html​ 
#MesdeConcientizaciónSobreLaSaludMental #MiraAlrededorMiraAdentro 
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Apoyar la salud mental en el trabajo mejora el bienestar y rendimiento de los empleados y la cultura laboral. 
Lee más aquí:  https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/tools-resources/workplace-health/mental-health/index.html​ 
#MesdeConcientizaciónSobreLaSaludMental #MiraAlrededorMiraAdentro

Paid sick leave is a permanent law in California that most workers may qualify for

paid sick leave can be used for recoving from a physical or mental illness or injury, seeking medical diagnosis treatment or preventative care​​

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La mayoría de los trabajadores de California califican para licencia pagada por enfermedad. Esta licencia se puede usar para: 
  • Recuperarte de una enfermedad o lesión física o mental 
  • Obtener un diagnóstico médico, tratamiento o atención preventiva 
  • Cuidar a un miembro de tu familia que esté enfermo o necesite obtener un diagnóstico médico, tratamiento o atención preventiva    

Obtén más información sobre los derechos de los trabajadores:​ https://www.dir.ca.gov​/dlse/California-Paid-Sick-Leave.html #MesdeConcientizaciónSobreLaSaludMental 

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California da licencia paga por enfermedad a los trabajadores, en casos de: 
 Enfermedad o lesión física/mental 
Tratamiento y atención médica 
Familiares enfermos 
Más información https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/California-Paid-Sick-Leave.html   
#MesdeConcientizaciónSobreLaSaludMental ​
​​Mental health issues aren't always obvious
Actively listen with complete attention to your coworker
Recognize their feelings and express your understanding back to them
Encourage them to use the available resources provided by your employer
Connecting on a personal level may benefit you both
If a colleague opens up about a serious concern, share the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline to get additional support

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¿Sabías que cada año, una de cada cinco personas experimenta una condición de salud mental, incluyendo a tus compañeros de trabajo? Comunícate con un colega que podría necesitar apoyo. Comparte la línea directa 988 de Crisis y Suicidio. Para saber cómo mejor apoyar a tus compañeros de trabajo, visita https://www.mhanational.org/how-can-we-support-employee-mental-health-concern​ #MesdeConcientizaciónSobreLaSaludMental

Twitter Messaging:
Cada año, 1 de cada 5 personas tiene problemas de salud mental, incluyendo a tus colegas. Al conectarnos, creamos una cultura solidaria que prioriza el bienestar. #MesdeConcientizaciónSobreLaSaludMental #LugarDeTrabajoSolidario 

Más información:

 https://www.mhanational.org/how-can-we-support-employee-mental-health-concern 


Break the stigma​​

Stigma is a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something
Stigma can create feelings of shame and barriers that prevent people from reaching out for help
we can break stigma by becoming more aware of mental health conditions symptoms and treatment


​Suggested Messaging:

Rompamos el estigma en torno a la salud mental y trabajemos en busca de soluciones que reduzcan los sentimientos de vergüenza, el miedo y el silencio. Involúcrate:  
  • Informándote sobre las condiciones de salud mental, los síntomas, las señales de advertencia y los tratamientos 
  • Compartiendo recursos informativos sobre cómo reducir el estigma 
  • Hablando sobre tus propias experiencias y tu punto de vista sobre la salud mental 
Para obtener más información sobre cómo reducir el estigma en torno a la salud mental, visita

https://namica.org/what-is-mental-illness/reducing-stigma/ #RompeElEstigma #MesdeConcientizaciónSobreLaSaludMental 

Twitter Messaging:

Rompamos el estigma en torno a la salud mental y trabajemos en busca de soluciones que reduzcan los sentimientos de vergüenza, el miedo y el silencio. Involúcrate: https://namica.org/what-is-mental-illness/reducing-stigma/​ 

#RompeElEstigma #MesdeConcientizaciónSobreLaSaludMental 


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