DMEC News: May 2017

Tasha Patterson@Work

Mental Health MonthFree Mental Health Month Resources

Mental health conditions continue to be among the leading causes of workplace absence and are associated with high cost for treatments and lost wages. Given that employees are spending more than half of their day at work, inadequate staffing, low increases in pay, and high job expectations are proving to have a significant impact on stress-related physical and psychological illnesses. Thus, the compounded impact of mental health conditions on businesses, both from a cost and productivity perspective, is substantial.

It is essential for employers to build and sustain cultures of health and well-being in their organizations, which can lead to improved workforce and employee health, increased productivity, decreased health and disability costs, and enhanced employee engagement and experience.

As we recognize Mental Health Month in May, DMEC put together a variety of free resources and tools to help organizations address mental health in their workplaces and combat the stigma surrounding treatment and care.

From surveys and educational resources to toolkits and factsheets, the mental health resources available through programs such as the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health America, The Kennedy Forum Illinois, and more provide employers with tangible tools they can use to change the dialogue about mental health and encourage employees to gain the support they need.

To access free mental health resources and tools, visit

We also invite you to share your mental health month campaigns through social media using the hashtag #MentalHealthMonth. Tag DMEC with @DMECAbsenceMgt (Twitter) or @DMECinc (Facebook) when you post, and we’ll share your programs through DMEC’s social media channels.