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Different Demographic Groups Experience Mental Health Challenges in Unique Ways

Inclusion initiatives should factor in depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.

Employers should consider the distinct mental health needs of different employee groups, according to new research.

“Demographic groups experience and are impacted by mental health differently. We found significant differences across racial and ethnic groups, gender, age, sexual orientation, and parents compared to nonparents,” said Mind Share Partners, a San-Francisco-based nonprofit, in its Mental Health at Work: 2019 Report. 

The findings are from an online survey of 1,500 full-time U.S. workers conducted in partnership with SAP and Qualtrics.

The research found that members of Generation Z and Millennials, for example, were more likely to experience mental health symptoms for longer durations than other generations and were more open to diagnosis and treatment and talking about mental health at work.
Mind Share Partners found that employees want their organizations to provide clearer or more available information about where to seek help, a more open workplace culture about mental health and training in understanding mental health issues.In addition to educating the workplace in general, “people want their managers and HR to respond well and in an informed manner when they have these conversations,” Maughan said.Unum, in its newly released 2019 mental health report, , suggested the following steps organizations can take to support their employees:Also, make managers aware of available resources and stress the importance of confidentiality when employees disclose information. Consider developing a mental health task force or employee resource group and educate employees on the policies.“The development, implementation and promotion of mental health strategies has become a top priority for many of today’s employers,” Unum said in a news release.“Creating a workplace culture that promotes mental health resources and encourages employees to take advantage of them helps to destigmatize mental health issues and leads to a happier, more productive workforce.”

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