In recent times, there has been a breakthrough for women in their pursuit of economic security, workplace inclusion, and access to mental health resources. Women are making their mental health a priority, and employers are taking responsibility to bring positive changes in the workplace regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Although both genders face similar rates of mental health and substance use challenges, women are twice as likely to develop depression, generalized anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Several factors contribute to these disparities, including pay inequity, unbalanced responsibilities at home, and underrepresentation at work.
Employers can promote inclusivity, acceptance, and encouragement for women by communicating resources and providing mental health training, building mental health into policies, procedures, and measurement, fostering flexibility and sustainable ways of working, and being personable.
The National Council for Mental Wellbeing recognizes the obstacles women face in the workplace and offers two programs that can help employers break the cycle of inequality. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training program that teaches employees how to recognize, identify, and respond when a coworker may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.
While mental health and wellbeing for women have come a long way, there is still much ground to cover. Awareness is the first step, but actual change needs to follow. Employers can make a difference for women employees starting today by prioritizing mental health and making necessary changes to promote a more inclusive and supportive workplace. To learn more about MHFA, visit https://www.allheartinitiative.com/mental-health to learn about the different types of mental health awareness courses we offer or, https://allheartinitiative.eventbrite.com for upcoming training dates.