The Issue

Globally, we are facing a growing public health crisis. Here in America, roughly one in five adults struggle with a mental health condition at any given point in time – in other parts of the world that number jumps to one in four. The ripple effects of these challenges touch families, affect professional communities and impede corporate productivity. In addition, mental health challenges affect all demographics – men, women, young, old, all nationalities, all racial groups and all income levels. If you haven’t been directly affected by a mental health challenge, someone you care about has. Further, these issues are not checked at the door when an employee comes to work. Nor is this an insignificant financial burden on corporations. Based on data from 2010, the global direct and indirect economic costs of mental health disorders were estimated at $2.5 trillion. Importantly, the indirect costs ($1.7 trillion) are much higher than the direct costs ($0.8 trillion), which contrasts with other key disease groups, such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Both direct and indirect costs of mental disorders are expected to double by 2030.

How Do Corporations Change Direction?

Corporations Change Direction gathers companies from a variety of industries that share a common goal—addressing the emotional wellbeing of their workforce. Participating businesses have demonstrated an interest in addressing these issues to ensure the health and wellbeing of their employees and their organization. And each is well positioned to elevate this conversation and drive industry‐wide transformation.

On November 7th, 2019 at the Global Summit on Mental Health Culture Change in NYC, a Work Environment round table discussion of leaders from notable corporations, business, and organizations emphasized that emotionally healthy employees are more productive than those who are suffering from unaddressed mental health challenges.  In other words, good mental health is good for the bottom line.

In 2019, Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction launched the Emotional Life Skills℠ program which is available to businesses in the corporate environment.

What Can Your Corporation Do Next?

Pledge HERE

to Share the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering

in your Work Place.

  • Co brand and Post the Five Signs and Healthy Habits

  • Distribute Wallet Cards

  • Share Campaign PSA’s

  • Work with Us to Create Your Own PSA’s

  • Check out our Tools Page for More Ideas!

  • Offer an Emotional Life Skills Training for Supervisors or All Employees!

3. Share your Corporations Story

These following companies are working to create an emotionally healthy work environment.  By sharing employee stories and programs they have found to be successful, their hope is that other organizations will be encouraged to priority employee mental health and well-being as well.

Read how Royal Dutch Shell creates a mentally healthy work environment.

Booz Allen Hamilton Executive Vice President Joe Sifer talks openly about his personal story of becoming emotionally fit.

Read how American Airlines is changing the culture.

Watch how Paychex is encouraging mental health with their employees.

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Founding member of the Campaign, Aetna, created a series of short videos to show how a co-worker or friend may display signs of suffering in the workplace and how to respond.

4. Share on Your Corporate Social Media Pages

5.  Make an Investment, Donate to Support this Collective Effort