2019 was a significant year in terms of mental health improvements in the workplace. Mental health was prioritized by companies across the workforce through various wellness initiatives that help combat burnout.
In January of 2019, mental health was prominently featured at the annual 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The “Mental Health Matters” discussion featured figures such as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and HSBC CEO John Flint.
In May, the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded its classification of workplace burnout from simply a “state of exhaustion” to an actual “syndrome” that comes from “chronic workplace stress.”
The Healthy St. Paul Committee partnered with resilience training firm in order to upskill supervisors in using the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and stress and anxiety resilience training for workers in July.
Additionally, as September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, several organizations launched national guidelines for suicide prevention and have started taking extra measures in ensuring workers are ready to respond to this crisis. For example, the TSA launched an initiative to train workers to recognize and respond to warning signs.
The last decade has led mental health issues to become less taboo and more of a priority for companies. Going forward, it is anticipated that this trend will continue to support and help those who are struggling.