Forbes – Mental Health Solution Through Volunteering

Mental Health Solution Through Volunteering

According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from the disorder. Americans are highly concerned with happiness, yet they are increasingly depressed: Some 15 million Americans battle mental health issues, and the numbers are growing. The concerns about mental health and substance use remain elevated three years after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 90% of U.S. adults believing that the country is facing a mental health crisis, according to a recent KFF/CNN Survey. The pandemic has affected the public’s mental health and wellbeing, including isolation and loneliness, job loss and financial instability, and illness and grief.

What is a company to do?

Harvard business review published an article, “It is time for a new era of mental health at work.” Employees don’t experience mental health challenges in isolation. Employers play a role, too — both good and bad. Certain workplace factors negatively affect mental health. Additionally, the way we often work isn’t sustainable. Employees are under incredible stress and pressure which results with them working more hours and taking less breaks. This is fatiguing their minds and and overall hurting the workforce’s mental health. Until recently, the conversation has primarily centered on preexisting mental health conditions and the related stigma. However, there is an increasing focus on work’s effect on everyone’s mental health. Over the past couple of years, HR/Benefits leaders have said that mental health is a high priority. (STat)”

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