OSHA Publishes Mental Health Resources
OSHA Publishes Resources to Assist Employers with Mental Health & Wellness
The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration has posted numerous resources and tools for employers to utilize to combat workplace stress. OSHA has published these resources following a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association in 2021 that reported burnout and stress at an all-time high across all professions and that “actions from their employers would help their mental health.”
The resources published by OSHA include:
- Guides for Employers for both Senior Managers and Frontline Supervisors
- Mental Health Checklists for Senior Managers and Frontline Supervisors
- Workplace Stress Sample Survey Questions
- Myth Buster Fact Sheets about Workplace Stress
- Workplace Postings regarding Workplace Stress & Mental Health
- Public Service Announcements on Suicide Prevention Month
- Training Resources for Employers
Employers are starting to recognize the impacts that worker mental health has in the workplace. Statistics cited by OSHA reveal that workplace stress has been reported to cause 120,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Nearly 83% of workers suffer from work-related stress and more than half of those report that workplace stress impacts their home life. Importantly, for every $1.00 spent on ordinary mental health concerns, employers see a $4.00 return in productivity gains.
The American Psychological Association encourages employers to develop mental health and wellness programs in the workplace. They recommend that employers go beyond simply offering an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). They recommend a cross-departmental review of your company’s EAP offerings to assess if they are meeting your workforce needs. Also, ensure that your program includes mental health professionals from diverse backgrounds and specialties. Additionally, they encourage launching a communications campaign about the things that your EAP professionals can cover, including stress, mental health, and financial guidance. Most importantly, ensure that your frontline leaders are informed and able to communicate the EAP availability and offerings to your team.
Under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), all employers sponsored health plans are required to offer the same level of health coverage for mental health-related concerns as for any other medical concerns. Most short- and long-term disability insurance plans offer a limited number of free Employee Assistance Plan visits as part of the included benefits. Lastly, American Ambulance Association members get free access to the Counselor Match Program, which provides access to mental health counselors with extensive experience in working with EMS and public safety professionals.
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