HR leaders and Senior Executives are aware of the statistics regarding the prevalence of mental illness – which clearly illustrate the fact that this challenge is not going away. The question is: what can be done about it?
A recent study published by the University of New South Wales in Sydney suggests that providing managers with a workplace mental health training program could yield fewer employee sick days. (To review the full Reuters article by Carolyn Crist, click here.)
Many companies view the topics of mental health, mental illness and stigma in the workplace as either optional or last resort initiatives, often implemented reactively. However, there is significant data to suggest that employers must be proactive in developing the workplace culture and soft skill-set of managers in order to prepare for this challenge.
1 mental disability claim represents about $18,000 … twice as expensive as a physical-related claim.
As a Stigma Expert & Founder of stigmaZERO, I co-authored a published white paper A stigmaZERO WORKPLACE PAYS IN PROFITS – How breaking down mental illness stigma can improve your bottom line, in which we share the results of exhaustive research into this topic. In addition to the significant cost of a mental disability claim, we found consistent examples of successful ROI of 300% and 400%. (To view the executive summary version of our whitepaper, click here.)
As reported in the Reuters article, senior study author Samuel Harvey of the University of New South Wales Faculty of Medicine in Sydney shared, “Across the developed world, mental health has taken over as the leading cause of long-term work absence.” This is a challenge facing all employers.
Workplace mental illness and stigma pose a challenge to every employer, one they must face eventually.
I founded stigmaZERO to help employers address the complex and challenging reality of mental illness stigma. I offer clients impactful and eye-opening keynote lectures as well as our innovative stigmaZERO Workplace Program.
The stigmaZERO Workpace Program has a top-down methodology which has been carefully designed to ensure maximum impact. In order for workshops with employees to be effective, they must know their managers and senior leadership are already committed to a stigmaZERO workplace.
If you would like to learn more about how our unique services can create real, lasting impact on your company’s ability to manage mental illness and stigma, contact me for a free consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit my website at www.stigmazero.com.
Founder & Stigma Expert
Our vision is to work towards a future without stigma, and our mission is to help employers eliminate stigma in the workplace. We deliver on this mission by offering an accessible, proven program that combines personal experience with actionable guidelines to enable a positive culture change around mental illness.
stigmaZERO was founded in 2014 by Jason Finucan, who has positively impacted thousands of individuals and helped companies by sharing his expertise on mental illness and stigma.
As an active member of CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers) and GFS (Global Federation of Speakers), Jason is an experienced and dynamic speaker with the ability to profoundly impact audiences.