Washington — Promoting mental health in the workplace is the goal of a new public education campaign from the Department of Labor.
Mental Health at Work: What Can I Do? is a public service announcement campaign that “highlights how everyone in a workplace setting – whether you’re a CEO, manager, co-worker or an employee who voluntarily identifies as having a mental health condition – can promote workplace well-being. These roles can range from setting the tone for an inclusive workplace, to providing and requesting assistance and accommodations, to being a source of support to peers and colleagues.”
Campaign resources include a video PSA – distributed to TV and radio stations nationwide – and related resources such as a workplace guide, a poster, an outreach toolkit and a mental health toolkit.
“Today, 1 in 5 working-age Americans has a mental health condition,” Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said in a March 29 press release. “As America recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health-friendly workplaces will be more important than ever. This timely public education campaign reminds us that we all have a role to play and that we all benefit from flexible, supportive workplaces that promote good mental health.”