October 10 is World Mental Health Day! This month we focus on bringing awareness to mental health with employer resources and valuable insights.
World Mental Health Day

The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
Mental Health in an Unequal World

The WFMH President Dr. Ingrid Daniels has announced the theme for World Mental Health Day 2021 which is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’. 

This theme was chosen by a global vote including WFMH members, stakeholders and supporters because the world is increasingly polarized, with the very wealthy becoming wealthier, and the number of people living in poverty still far too high. 2020 highlighted inequalities due to race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and the lack of respect for human rights in many countries, including for people living with mental health conditions. Such inequalities have an impact on people’s mental health.
Benefits Key to Alleviating Employees' Pandemic Stress

Employees who feel supported by their employer report being happier and more productive.
Implement Supportive Mental Health Practices At Your Company

As a peer-led organization with almost 40 years of experience supporting individuals living with mental illnesses and their family members, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC) new Workplace Mental Health Initiative (WMHI) can help your organization better understand the current challenges employees are experiencing as a result of the collective trauma of the pandemic, and provide custom training support and technical assistance. With a 97% satisfaction rate, the WMHI offers courses in the top issues affecting employees today, including insights on how to identify and support colleagues experiencing mental health challenges, helping employees mitigate symptoms of burnout, and increasing resilience in response to uncertainty. 
Training Series: Workplace Mental Health Train-the-Trainer Opportunity

The train-the-trainer sessions present introductory knowledge on workplace mental health (focusing on burnout and vicarious trauma), strategies to promote mental health at work, and information about free mental health resources.
Reimagining Workplace Mental Health

Thrive NYC released a short report summarizing their experiences working one-on-one with over 130 employers – what worked, what employers said they needed, and what Thrive recommends to organizations who are interested in launching future workplace mental health initiatives in New York City.

Regardless of the size or focus of the organization, there were five key recommendations they made in most of consultative sessions with employers:
  1. Develop a business case to advocate for workplace mental health that reflects organizational priorities
  2. Broadcast a Workplace Mental Health Mission Statement that focuses on improving access to and utilization of mental health resources
  3. Create achievable and aligned workplace policies to promote a mental health-friendly workplace
  4. Develop manager skills to support employees who are struggling or who may have mental health issues
  5. Develop opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and support
TWP Recognized for Innovative Work on Burnout

On June 9, 2021, Thrive NYC participated in the 2021 Population Health Innovation Summit hosted by the New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation (NYSTEC). Thrive NYC was invited to present innovative solutions to address employee burnout during the pandemic.