Discussing mental health fosters a deeper understanding of what’s impacting employees and allows businesses to tailor their offerings to address specific challenges. (Credit: Tadamichi/Adobe Stock)

The World Health Organization began recognizing October 10th as World Mental Health Day in 1992, and for nearly 30 years, has used this day to highlight the reality that we all face mental health challenges in our daily lives. WHO was ahead of its time in working to destigmatize mental health challenges, and the theme of this year’s campaign – “Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality” – seems designed to put stigmatization to rest once and for all.

The pandemic has taken a significant toll on our mental health. It’s inflicted unimaginable stress and disrupted many services that support mental, neurological and substance use disorders. But it’s also elevated awareness for these pervasive issues. As a result, business leaders are bolstering their benefits programs, and many organizations are taking steps to scale up their efforts at all levels.

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