The global pandemic has severely worsened the mental health of America’s workforce. According to TotalBrain’s Mental Health Index, the risk for depression among U.S. workers has risen an alarming 102% since February of this year.
Most concerning is the impact on young people. More than 25% of young adults seriously considered suicide earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 63% reported anxiety or depression.
Business leaders have a responsibility to ensure the mental and physical wellbeing of their employees. The following organizations and resources can be distributed to managers and teams as we all work to support each other during these challenging times. Note: This list contains US Resources.
Suicide Prevention Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 800-273-8255. For help in Spanish, call 888-628-9454
Crisis Text Line is available for any crisis and a crisis counselor will respond. Text ‘Home’ to 741741.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides referrals to support groups and mental health professionals, resources on loss, and suicide prevention information (888-333-2377)
Calma – una aplicación para prevenir el suicidio, an app in Spanish for help prevent suicide
The Trevor Project is a suicide prevention organization for the LGBTQ community. 866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to support, and resources they need. 877-565-8860
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides treatment information for substance abuse and mental health issues. 24/7 referral and information line: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
HelpWhenYouNeedIt.Org over 350,000 listings for social services, mental health, substance use, legal and financial assistance.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7 crisis intervention, safety planning and information on domestic violence: 800-799-7233
Job Accommodation Network provides resources and guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Their website includes a directory of state vocational rehabilitation offices: 800-526-7234
Psychology Today maintains a directory of therapists, psychiatrists, therapy groups and treatment facility options
MentalHealth.Gov has information of mental health issues and treatment options.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) provides information on prevention, treatment and symptoms of anxiety, depression and related conditions: 240-485-1001
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) provides information and referrals on ADHD, including local support groups: 800-233-4050
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) provides information on bipolar disorder and depression, offers in-person and online support groups and forums: 800-826-3632
International OCD Foundation provides information on OCD and treatment referrals: 617-973-5801
National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED) provides up-to-date, reliable and evidence-based information about eating disorders: 800-931-2237
Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) offers Schizophrenia Anonymous self-help groups and toll-free teleconferences 240-423-9432
Sidran Institute helps people understand, manage and treat trauma and dissociation; maintains a helpline for information and referrals: 410-825-8888
Treatment and Research Advancements for Borderline Personality Disorder (TARA) offers a referral center for information, support, education and treatment options for BPD: 888-482-7227
World Health Organization, “Mental Health Policies and Programs in the Workplace”
Center for Disease Control, “Managing Stress during COVID-19”
American Psychiatric Association: Center for Workplace Mental Health, “Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Mental Health and Well-being”
Sorciety of Human Resource Managers, “Promoting Workplace Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19”
Workplace Safety and Prevention Services “Help Employees Maintain Positive Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak”
National Alliance on Mental Illness, COVID-19 Resource Guide
PsychHub COVID-19 Mental Health Resources Hub
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, “Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty”
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