World Mental Health Day, October 10, arrives at a time during which corporate commitment to mental health and recovery is at the top of the news. One of the largest trends is in coaching programs, popularized in the 1980s. Historically, support for mental fitness has been most readily found at the extremes — the corporate elite and those with mental illness or substance abuse issues. Questions about how unregulated coaching programs differ from licensed medical professionals—and who’s best suited to help from a coach—are being asked by leaders nationwide.
I asked experts how they might explain the objective of business-related coaching programs in particular.