Want to build your own workplace mental wellness program? It's not easy, with lots of different programs ranging in price from absolutely free to more than $1,000 per employee for a single workshop.
My plan is to help businesses sort through all the fantastic resources that are available so they can quickly create a program that's both unique to their needs and as close to free as possible.
Resources for Workplace Mental Wellness Programs
The Working Well Toolkit from the American Psychiatric Association, provides human resource professionals and business leaders with practical information and strategies, assessment tools, mental health programs and case studies to educate employers about current best practices to create supportive workplace environments. Learn more.
The Center for Workplace Wellness, also from the American Psychiatric Association, has created “a practical resource to help employers improve workforce mental health in numerous ways from addressing stigma and increasing awareness about mental health and mental illnesses, to ensuring that company health, mental health, and disability management programs are designed and managed to produce the best possible outcomes.” Learn more.
#IWILLLISTEN, from the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, is an award-winning social media-based public service campaign designed to create awareness of the prevalence of mental illnesses and reduce the stigma associated with them. Learn more.
Right Direction is an effort from The Center for Workplace Mental Health, a program of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation and Employers Health Coalition, is a free initiative designed to provide employers with actionable strategies and tools to improve mental health policies and benefit engagement for a happier, healthier, and more productive workplace. This program features turnkey and customizable resources and materials to increase awareness, reduce stigma, and encourage help-seeking behaviors. Learn more.
Stamp Out Stigma is an initiative spearheaded by the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use disorders. This campaign challenges each of us to transform the dialogue on mental health and addiction from a whisper to a conversation. Learn more.
Mind The Workplace, from Mental Health America, provides some powerful tools and ideas, on how to create a culture of mental wellness in your workplace, with tips, surveys, and guides to make is much easier to launch your own program. Learn more.
The Working Well Toolkit, from The American Psychiatric Association, provides human resource professionals and business leaders with practical information and strategies, assessment tools, mental health programs and case studies to educate employers about current best practices to create supportive workplace environments. Learn more.
Mental Health First Aid, from National Council for Behavioral Health, can train your employees to be mental health first responders, advocates, and instructors in your organization. The training helps instructors, to identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. Learn more.
Mental Health in the Workplace, from the Centers for Disease Control, has created a free resource to make it easier for employers to create their own mental wellness programs. Learn more.
Mental Health Policies And Programmes In The Workplace, from the World Health Organization, is a free guide (PDF) that consists of interrelated user-friendly modules, designed to address a wide variety of needs and priorities in policy development and service planning. Each module deals with a core aspect of mental health. Learn more.
Workplace Strategies for Mental Health is an initiative of Canada Life. The program was established in 2007 as the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace and launched its new name on Sept. 29, 2019. It has three main objectives: to increase knowledge and awareness of workplace psychological health and safety; to improve the ability to respond to mental health issues at work; and to turn knowledge into action through practical strategies and tools for employers. Learn more.
A blueprint for workplace mental health programs, from Deloitte, provides a great overview of the challenges and opportunities around mental wellness programs in the workplace. It tracked the mental wellness programs of a number of larger corporations, including Bell Canada, and shares their approach and results. Learn more.
Anonymous online tests to self-screen for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses. The tests are free, quick, and created by Mental Health America.
Are your stressed? Take the test. Quick, online, free, anonymous.
In their own words. People with a variety of mental health struggles share their stories through videos and blog posts.
31 ways to work on your mental wellness – a poster to download.
Why we need to talk about mental health at work, from the Harvard Business Review.
Psychological Health & Safety – a 54-page action guide for employers. Courtesy of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
The impact of mental health training in the workplace, from Medical News Today.