National Mental Health Break Featured Partners

The companies below pledged to encourage their employees to take a mental health break on Wednesday, May 15.

Want your company to join in? Take the pledge.

Mental health breaks are good for business.

A distressed employee isn’t a productive employee.

Research from the American Institute of Stress showed that “job stress costs U.S. industry more than $300 billion a year in absenteeism, turnover, diminished productivity, and medical, legal and insurance costs.”

What actually gives companies a competitive advantage, according to experts: Creating a culture that lets employees take time away from work to care for themselves.

“When people take a mental health day when they need it, they can recharge and they can come back to work feeling refreshed,” Patricia Thompson, Ph.D., a corporate psychologist and management consultant, tells Shine. “And then when they’re feeling good, they’re more engaged with the work that they’re doing and the business is only going to benefit.”

According to our survey, 67% of employees said they’d have an easier time taking a mental health day if company leadership encouraged it.  Employers have the power to close the mental health gap at work and create more psychologically safe workplaces.

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