person dances in the street as a crowd of celebrating people watch "It's important to train mental health professionals to meet people where they are and draw from the progress already happening in the community," says Dr. Jessica Jackson. )Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

The pandemic and its impact on Americans' mental and emotional health has put a spotlight on the shortcomings of our mental health system as well as the resources and support employers offer. Many companies have made improving access to resources an important priority, but they will have years of stigma and other barriers to contend with before they can really turn the tide on mental wellness.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics 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.