Mental Health Works - Second Quarter 2012 - (Page 13)
A Host of Employer Resources At Your Fingertips:
60 Examples of Employer Strategies You Can Try at Your Company
BY NANCY SPANGLER, PHD, OTR/L
he Partnership for Workplace Mental Health released the first issue of Mental Health Works in October 2002 with information to help employers understand the value of addressing mental health. Since that time, the Partnership has collected 60 examples of employers’ innovations in mental health, and the program continues to enhance its resources for employers. For example, Mental Health Works converted to online publication in 2010, enabling links to additional information and resources. In addition, the Partnership’s website houses an online catalog of employer profiles in the Employer Case Examples section, which enables searching for information about employer practices based on industry or program type, company size, and location. More and more employers are taking action to address mental health at the workplace. The number of requests for information has grown, as have comments from readers who have used a story from Mental Health Works or a profile in the Employer Case Examples database during discussions with senior leaders about adding a new program or trying a new approach to prevention, employee education, behavioral health benefits, or disability management.
Chesapeake Energy Corporation Natural gas and mining company, headquartered in Oklahoma City
Chesapeake Energy enhanced mental health benefits, offered supportive education, and added early identification and referral components. Manager trainings and a communication campaign called “Your Life Matters” sent to each employee’s home helped to spread the word about company-provided and local resources. Results: Calls to the employee assistance program (EAP) increased dramatically (from 326 calls to 2,200 calls in one year). The campaign web page was accessed more than 12,000 times in 2010, and more than 4,000 individuals logged onto the EAP website to look for additional articles, survey tools, and information. Nearly 3,000 employees attended lunch-and-learn sessions and online seminars. Read more in Mental Health Works or Employer Case Examples.
MENTAL HEALTH WORKS
SECOND QUARTER 2012
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