For years, women have faced unique obstacles when it comes to economic security, workplace inclusion and access to mental health resources. But lately, there have been breakthroughs of hope. Women are making their mental health a priority and employers are taking responsibility for positive changes in the workplace when it comes to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
Women and men experience similar rates of mental health and substance use challenges, but among those challenges, women are twice as likely to develop depression, generalized anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Several factors contribute to these disparities, such as pay inequity, unbalanced responsibilities in the home and underrepresentation at work.
You can help. As an employer, you can promote inclusivity, acceptance and encouragement for women by:
The National Council for Mental Wellbeing recognizes the obstacles women face in the workplace and strives to help employers understand how to break the cycle of inequality:
Though mental health and wellbeing for women has come a long way, there is much ground still to cover. Awareness is a first step, but actual change needs to come next. #BetheDifference for women employees starting today.
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American Psychiatry Association. (n.d.). Diversity and health equity education: women. https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/cultural-competency/education/women-patients
Greenwood, K. (2022, March 18). How organizations can support women’s mental health at work. https://hbr.org/2022/03/how-organizations-can-support-womens-mental-health-at-work
Mental Health America. (n.d.). Mind the workplace 2022. https://www.mhanational.org/mind-workplace