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If you thought addressing the mental health stigma in the workplace was hard pre-pandemic, think again. Despite a growing body of research warning of a mental health pandemic coming on the heels of the COVID pandemic, employees are even less likely now than before the pandemic to reach out to employers for help.

The Standard’s recent 2020 Behavioral Health Impact Update, 38% of employees are comfortable turning to their employers for help, compared to 45% pre-pandemic. This is despite also reporting feeling more supported by their employers during the pandemic.

Related: Stress in the workplace and the risk of employee burnout

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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