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Foster a caring culture

Foster a caring culture in your organization.

Employers

A caring culture begins with empathy. 

Generally, empathetic workplaces have less stress, more trust, and greater employee engagement. However, this kind of culture is not built overnight. Leaders can lead by example by being vulnerable where they are comfortable and sharing what they do to stay healthy. 

Train supervisors on how best to support employees who are living with mental health challenges and how to actively listen and provide appropriate resources. Encourage employees to make connections with mental health professionals and support self-help strategies. 

You can also create an employee resource group (ERG) for mental health. The mental health ERG should provide a safe community for individuals to share their experiences and lend support to each other. 

Develop a communications strategy

Develop a communications plan to offer opportunities to educate employees through wellbeing seminars, videos, and onsite presentations. 

Establish a culture of caring

Offer stress management and other mental well-being courses

Establish mental health peer groups and employer resource groups 

Employees

Encourage employees to support each other. 

Resources to help your employees understand and practice empathy

The nonprofit Be There lists five Golden Rules to learn how to support someone with a mental health challenge:

  1. Say what you see
  2. Show you care
  3. Hear them out
  4. Know your role
  5. Connect to help

Mental health playbook steps