Michelle Jackson: March 26, 2019

LEARN THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS AT WORK

WORKPLACE BENEFITS PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS KEY FINDINGS FROM A NEW REPORT ON MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE

 

Michelle Jackson, AVP

Market Development, Unum

About one in five U.S. adults (44 million) experience a mental illness in a given year and one in 25 are living with a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. Mental illness is one of the top causes of worker disability in the U.S. and 62 percent of missed work days can be attributed to mental health conditions.

The nation’s largest employee benefits company, Unum, recently conducted research among 1,850 U.S. employed adults, 500 working adults with a diagnosed mental health issue, and among 268 human resources (HR) professionals to better understand how mental health issues impact today’s workplace. These findings and additional research and insights are a part of the company’s 2019 Mental Health Report, published earlier this month.

Some key findings of the report include:

    • 55% of employees said their employer did not have or they were unsure if their employer had a specific program, initiative or policy in place to address mental health
    • 62% of employees have experienced a period where they felt mentally unwell
    • Among employees with a mental health issue, 42% have come to work with suicidal feelings
    • 76% of employees were confident their managers were properly trained on how to identify employees who may be having a mental health issue, while just 16% of HR professionals felt the same.
  • 61% of employees feel there’s a social stigma in the workplace towards colleagues with mental health issues and half feel that stigma has stayed the same or worsened in the previous five years.

What does this mean to both employers and employees? How can you learn about mental health resources available in your workplace?  On March 26th, esteemed behavioral health expert, Michelle Jackson, will spotlight some key findings from this newest research and provide practical tips for the workplace.

 

For more information please visit: www.unum.com/mentalhealth

MORE ABOUT MICHELLE JACKSON

Michelle Jackson has a passion for helping people overcome challenges. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work, she initially practiced clinical social work in Virginia, helping adolescents and adults dealing with behavioral health issues. Her work at Unum has involved managing clinical and vocational resources and return to work strategies for the company’s large clients. Michelle works closely with Unum’s internal teams and clients on absence management and workforce strategies. Michelle has been the guiding force behind the development of this mental health report, which will bring much-needed attention to this important workplace topic.

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