Mental health is an important issue in the workplace. It is a state of well-being in which an individual achieves his or her own potential, copes effectively with the normal challenges of life, and is able to work more efficiently and productively.

Mental disorders are common in the United States, and in a given year approximately a quarter of adults are diagnosable for one or more disorders.

Since Employee Assistance Program (EAP) personnel are involved in the initial assessment of conditions and treatment referrals, they play a vital role in achieving healthy outcomes for Mid-Del School employees and their families. There are a number of strategies agencies can pursue to support employees' mental health:

  • Promoting greater awareness of and through the EAP
  • Holding depression recognition screenings
  • Placing confidential self-rating sheets in common areas
  • Training supervisors in depression recognition
  • Safeguarding confidentiality of employee health information
  • Supporting employees who seek treatment or who require hospitalization and disability leave, including planning for return to work and flexible work schedules
  • Educating employees on mental health benefits available through the Employee Health Benefits Program