We often hear companies boasting about their health initiatives, like offering wholesome snacks and encouraging breaks for physical activity throughout the day. However, it’s not as common that emotional wellness is emphasized.

According to a survey by Cigna, nearly half of Americans either sometimes or always fee alone or left out, and one in four rarely or never feel like others understand them. This is an alarming statistic, especially coupled with how little we focus on improving mental health at work.

Mental health and well-being are just as important as physical health, yet many employers overlook the emotional needs of their workers. This issue should be addressed by leaders in all industries. In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Month, below are three ways business owners and managers can encourage emotional wellness in the workplace.

  1. Lead by example
  2. Empower employees to seek resources
  3. Create a sense of belonging

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