The DFW Business Group on Health, a coalition of 65 leading DFW area employers, is honored to partner with Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) in its Lone Star Depression Challenge (LSDC)*, a collaborative initiative with UT Southwestern Center for Depression Research & Clinical Care, Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, and The Path Forward for Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders**. The goal is to improve access to high quality, timely and affordable mental and behavioral healthcare in North Texas and increase adoption of depression screening and treatment. DFWBGH’s role is to advance this goal within the DFW business community.
*Learn more about MMHPI’s Lone Star Depression Challenge (LSDC)
**Learn more about The Path Forward
The U.S. Surgeon General’s 2022 Framework for Workplace Mental Health & Well-Being – CLICK HERE
Signs of Depression and What to Do: https://www.rightdirectionforme.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Signs-of-depression-and-what-to-do.pdf
Right Direction is a free initiative from the American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s Center for Workplace Mental Health and Employers Health: https://www.rightdirectionforme.com/
EARN Toolkit – Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion: https://askearn.org/page/mental-health-toolkit
Workplace Mental Health Playbook – This Playbook was developed by the Health Action Alliance in partnership with the Ad Council, One Mind and Mental Health Action Day – CLICK HERE
StigmaFree (NAMI): https://nami.org/Get-Involved/Pledge-to-Be-StigmaFree/StigmaFree-Company
#IWILLLISTEN (NAMI): https://www.naminycmetro.org/iwilllisten/
Mental Health Training for Managers:
Mental Health FIRST AID
Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/
The Mental Health Coalition’s Roadmap to Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace – For Managers – CLICK HERE
Health Action Alliance/One Mind: Workplace Mental Health Conversation Guide for Managers – CLICK HERE
A Guide to Building a Mental Health Employee Resource Group – CLICK HERE
Employer Case Studies:
Researched-backed Practices to Improve Mental Health in the Workplace – Kent State University – CLICK HERE
EY: Supporting Employee Mental Health and Ensuring a Disability-Inclusive Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: https://askearn.org/employerprofile/ey-s-commitment-to-supporting-employee-mental-health
Lead The Way: Merck’s Inclusive Business Culture: https://production-askearn-org.s3.amazonaws.com/EARN_2020_Merck_Mind_Well_f8b7e89b58.pdf
Comorbidity: Substance Use and Other Mental Disorders
This infographic summarizes data on the comorbidity between substance use and mental disorders and the rates at which people get treatment for these conditions. https://nida.nih.gov/sites/default/files/infographic-comorbidity.pdf
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Find Support Groups:
Easy-to-use website that has a mobile-friendly experience with the largest database of free resources for addiction and mental health recovery in the country: https://findsupportgroups.org/
Great progress on the LSDC Project to-date! DFWBGH created and launched a LSDC webpage, initiated routine social media mental health postings, created The Business Case for Workplace Mental Health, fielded an employer mental health survey, and started the process of reviewing “best-in-class” Mental Health Toolkit components with the Depression Advisory Group (DAG). CLICK HERE to learn more.
Researchers examined the effects of employee participation in Workplace Mental Health Benefits Program on symptoms of anxiety and depression. The study found that baseline anxiety and depression symptoms were associated with high presenteeism. Further results indicated that employees who participated in the program and saw symptom improvement had reduced presenteeism. Employers should consider mental health needs to improve productivity. CLICK HERE to learn more. Published in Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health
This study assessed if managers’ behaviors can promote the involvement of employees to cultivate mental health. The study found that behaviors of managers affect mental health at work. Managers’ behaviors seemingly promoted the behaviors of employees which fostered good mental health at work. The managers’ behaviors not only influenced good mental health of employees, but they also encouraged employee engagement in such behaviors. The implications for practice are specific training for managers can bring about a practice of fostering good mental health behaviors. CLICK HERE to learn more. Published in The International Journal of Human Resource Management
Checkout the May 2022 Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker using Fair Health, Inc. data to show month-to-month changes in volume of telehealth claim lines, as well as that month’s top five telehealth procedure codes, top five telehealth diagnoses and top five telehealth specialties. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Depression can present different symptoms, depending on the person. But for most people, depressive disorder changes how they function day-to-day, and typically for more than two weeks. Common symptoms include: ▪ Changes in sleep ▪ Changes in appetite ▪ Lack of concentration ▪ Loss of energy ▪ Lack of interest in activities ▪ Hopelessness or guilty thoughts ▪ Changes in movement (less activity or agitation) ▪ Physical aches and pains ▪ Suicidal thoughts Diagnosis To be diagnosed with depressive disorder, a person must have experienced a depressive episode lasting longer than two weeks. The symptoms of a depressive episode include:…
The psychological fallout of the COVID pandemic is in full swing. Stress, burnout, anxiety and depression are major drivers of employee exits and absenteeism. This is a long-term issue and fast becoming a top priority for employers trying to complete in an extremely tight labor market. Mental health, while not as visible, should be treated with the same sense of urgency as an employees’ physical health with the same access to benefits and mental healthcare services. CLICK HERE to learn more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the ongoing mental health crisis in America with an estimated 4 in 10 adults experiencing symptoms of depression, up from 1 in 10 adults reporting symptoms in 2019.1 In Texas, 43.4% of adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression in February 2021 and 26.4% were unable to obtain the counseling or therapy they needed.2 Depression causes an estimated 200 million lost workdays a year at a cost to employers of approximately $44 billion in lost productivity each year. Depression also contributes to the severity of costly chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, also stroke.3
DFWBGH will host a kick-off meeting with members in February 2022 to introduce and advance the Lone Star Depression Challenge within the DFW employer community. A Depression Advisory Group (DAG) will be formed to discuss how DFWBGH will support the LSDC project through the following employer-focused initiatives:
Employer Demonstration Projects:
- DFWBGH and MMHPI will work directly with selected DFWBGH employers on a Worksite Demonstration Project focusing on education, recognizing depression symptoms, reducing stigma, increasing depression screenings, accessing mental healthcare, and developing benefits strategies to support employees’ mental health needs. The project also will include depression-related data collection and analysis, and professional assistance to develop mental health benefits strategies and resources, employee communications, and mental health parity compliance.
Employer Depression Management Toolkit:
- DFWBGH will partner with the Depression Advisory Group, health plans, benefits consultants, mental health providers, and subject-matter experts in the development of an Employer Depression Management Toolkit to be distributed to employers locally, regionally, and nationally.
Employer Educational Programs:
- DFWBGH will conduct employer-focused education programs that address mental health challenges and solutions in the workplace. These programs will be presented in various venues, including worksites, Roundtable Discussions, General Membership Programs, and Depression Advisory Group meetings.
- DFWBGH will develop a communications plan in partnership with MMHPI to raise mental health awareness among DFW employers, create forums (e.g., employee resource groups) to support employees with mental health conditions, and incorporate mental health in diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) strategies. The communications plan, as well as project updates and reports, will be shared through local, regional and national press and social media channels.
The pandemic has caused a shift in the way employers, employees, and society as a whole view mental health, and has forced companies to rethink their workplace culture. Through our collaborative initiatives with MMHPI, DFWBGH is leading change in the post-pandemic business world, helping employers become mental health champions by removing the stigma and developing culturally competent mental health benefits, resources, and policies.
Contact DFWBGH at 214.382.3036 or Jandis Price at email@example.com if you are interested in participating in this innovative Employer Demonstration Project.
- https://www.kff.org/coronavirus- covid-19/issue-brief/the-implications- of-covid-19-for-mental-health-and- substance-use/
- https://www.cdc.gov/ workplacehealthpromotion/health- strategies/depression/evaluation- measures/index.html