Implications of Covid-19 for Mental Health
Prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, mental illness was already a very serious – and growing – problem. Whether you looked at the data published by the World Health Organization, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or the Canadian Mental Health Association, the picture was clear: we needed to learn how to take better care of our mental health while learning how to improve our response to mental illness, especially in workplaces.
And then came Covid. Our lives have been completely upended, with massive amounts of strain and anxiety suddenly added.
The new statistics are alarming. According to an article on the implications of Covid-19 for mental health by KFF, the average share of adults reporting symptoms of depression and/or anxiety disorder jumped from 11% in January-June 2019 to 41% in January 2021.
Every employer – indeed, every person – should pay close attention to this data. It is simply not sustainable for us to continue on as we did prior to the pandemic, when the vast majority of employers focused on mental health awareness campaigns.
It is time to move from awareness to ACTION on workplace mental health.
In recognition of Mental Health Month in the US, as well as Mental Health Week in Canada, we at StigmaZero would like to applaud all of the employers who have already taken the leap from awareness to action regarding mental health, mental illness and stigma.
When it comes to workplace mental health, the awareness that has been generated in recent years is an important first step – but in truth, it isn’t enough to create the culture transformation needed.
So what, exactly, is needed?
ACTION in the form of real investment by employers into the mental health of their employees.
ACTION in the form of ending the stigma of mental illness.
ACTION in the form of specialized training that offers the knowledge, strategies and tools your employees and managers are asking for.
At StigmaZero, we are pleased to offer a 25% discount on all of our training products and services for anyone who purchases in the month of May. Simply use the discount code SZ25 while making your purchase.
StigmaZero makes it easy for companies to take ACTION, by providing several options to our clients:
- Online training programs ranging from 1 hour to 6 hours
- Virtual Manager workshops
- Virtual HR workshops
- Customized training solutions
- Consultation services
- Keynote services
At StigmaZero, we are passionate about our mission to help employers end the stigma of mental illness. We make it easy for you to better support your employees while increasing their performance – click here to book a meeting directly with us; we look forward to working with you!
Founder of StigmaZero, Author & Instructor of the Create Your StigmaZero Workplace Program
I founded StigmaZero to help employers address the complex and challenging reality of mental illness stigma. We offer companies an innovative solution: our Create Your StigmaZero Workplace online program, which is designed to eliminate the negative impacts that stigma can have on your culture as well as the cost of lost productivity. This program creates real, lasting impact on your company’s ability to manage mental illness and stigma.