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Employee wellbeing and mental health have taken a front seat in the modern business model. In fact, 54% of employees believe that mental health is a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issue and 50% of employees have left a job due to mental health reasons, according to a report from Mind Share Partners. With the feeling of belonging so closely tied to mental health, there’s no question that mental health challenges in the workplace are often a result of a lack of focus on DEI. As we wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s a time to reflect and adjust current DEI and mental health practices within the workplace, especially since 60% of employees have reported symptoms of mental health struggles within the past year.

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