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Promoting Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace

Dr. Noah Minskoff on promoting mental health awareness in the workplace.

By Dr. Noah MinskoffPublished 2 years ago 3 min read
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It may come as a surprise to many that three out of five employees in the workplace have never talked about their mental health concerns with co-workers. While mental health coverage has increased over the years, workers simply do not take advantage of their help. Unfortunately, mental health problems cause over 200 million workdays to be lost every year. Companies that can address this swiftly will find happier employees - employees less likely to miss out on work.

Growing Mental Health Concerns

When questioned, less than half of all workers felt that their mental health was prioritized in the workplace. Fewer workers saw their company superiors as advocates for mental health awareness. According to the CDC, mental health and the stress it causes negatively affect employees in various ways, such as productivity in the workplace, communication with co-workers, and how the individual engages with their workload.

So what does the workforce need in today’s mental health awareness age? The CDC has stated that mental health promotion programs have an excellent, successful track record, particularly when combined with physical and mental health interventions. They have discovered that the workplace is ideal for creating an atmosphere of good health, both psychological and physical, as there are already healthy communication structures in place.

Promoting Mental Health

There are multiple ways that employers can make the mental health of their employees a priority. By offering various incentives that reinforce healthy behaviors and social support networks for those who need them, employers can show their employees that their ongoing mental health is an essential factor to them.

Employers may offer the following when they wish to make mental health awareness a topic of discussion:

  • Free or subsidized depression screenings from licensed mental health professionals
  • Health self-assessment tools that will assist employees with their mental health status
  • Low or no-cost health insurance that provides mental health counseling services and prescription medications for depression and anxiety
  • Free or low-cost self-management programs or counseling sessions
  • The creation of quiet spaces in the workplace for relaxation activities
  • Workshops that address mental health concerns, such as depression and anxiety, along with the tools needed to manage these symptoms
  • The opportunity for workers to have a clearer say concerning the various workplace issues that cause the most stress

With better mental health policies in place in the workplace, employers can help employees enhance their productivity while decreasing stress levels. As health promotion programs continue to be a success, employers need to recognize the many benefits of these programs.

About Dr. Noah Minskoff:

Dr. Noah Minskoff is most prominently known as the Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Strategy Officer of InnovoSciences. InnovoSciences' goal is to create the best atmosphere possible so that people could use innovation to solve the most complex problems that are currently plaguing the healthcare industry. This has been something that Minskoff has been working toward for his entire career.

Dr. Noah Minskoff got his start at Boise State University, where he graduated with a double Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology. Dr. Minskoff did so well in his studies while completing his undergraduate degree, he was hired to teach a chemistry class, working to supervise the student researchers and the specifics of the projects they were working on. While he was studying, Dr. Minskoff also united and monitored research collaborations with the Physics and Engineering departments. These research projects were not only supported by the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), but also encouraged.

After getting his undergraduate degree, Dr. Minskoff continued his education through the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he received a medical degree in Human Medicine. Not satisfied with his schooling journey yet, he then attended the David Eccles School of Business, where he studied Technology and Business Development. Currently, Dr. Noah Minskoff is the Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, as well as Chief Strategy Officer of InnovoSciences. To learn more about Dr. Noah Minskoff, be sure to visit Drnoahminskoff.com!

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Dr. Noah Minskoff

Currently living in Palo Alto, California, Dr. Noah Minskoff is most prominently known as the Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Strategy Officer of InnovoSciences. To learn more about him, visit DrNoahMinskoff.net!

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