One Mind at Work, Columbia University Mental Health + Work Design Lab and Ethisphere announce the Mental Health at Work Index™, the first comprehensive such strategy and ps.

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One Mind at Work, Columbia University Mental Health + Work Design Lab and Ethisphere announce Workplace Mental Health Index™, which is the first comprehensive strategy of its kind and aims to not only measure but also improve and innovate mental health in the workplace

One Mind at Work, a leading nonprofit mental health organization, the Columbia University Mental Health + Work Design Lab, and Ethisphere, which assesses corporate ethical standards, have partnered to develop the Mental Health at Work Index™. The index includes a standardized assessment of companies’ programs and practices that promote workforce mental health, as well as a guidebook that provides recommendations and resources for data-driven strategic improvement and innovation.

With the COVID pandemic raging around the world, the importance of taking care of mental health in the workplace has become clearer than ever. Research from the World Health Organization found that 15 percent of working adults suffer from mental health problems. The majority of employees expect their employer to support their mental health, and almost all believe that the employer could take steps that would actually make a difference.

Recognizing the importance of a standardized tool to help organizations of all sizes and industries worldwide invest in sustainable and proven workplace mental health programs, a founding Corporate Council of nine organizations came together to oversee the development and implementation of the ​​Mental Health at Work Index™. These founding members provide their expertise and experience to ensure the practical value of the index.

The founding members include:

  • AXA, Asia and Africa, Founding General Partner

  • Aeon

  • Bank of America

  • Business group for health

  • HCA Healthcare

  • Jardine Matheson, MINDSET Care Limited (Singapore) and MINDSET Limited (Hong Kong)

  • LifeWorks

  • caution

  • URAC

The Mental Health at Work Index™ is scheduled to launch in early 2023 after completing the current beta testing phase.

The Mental Health at Work Index™ allows organizations to benchmark their programs and services and use the personalized reports generated to develop high-quality services and offerings that make a real impact.

Aligned with global guidelines and standards, including the International Organization for Standardization, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and recently published guidelines from the World Health Organization, the index supports managers through an algorithm-driven library of resources and practical recommendations. These resources and evidence-based recommendations provide leaders with real data to make strategic decisions about the impact of mental health programs.

The Mental Health at Work Index’s Three Ps Framework analyzes worker mental health programs in terms of protecting, promoting and providing care. The analysis covers 10 organizational categories: mental health strategy, leadership, workforce engagement, communication, organizational culture, mental health training, work environment, mental health benefits, employment practices, and monitoring and reporting.

Christina McCarthy, CEO of One Mind at Worksaid: “The pandemic has highlighted the need for companies to invest in sustainable strategies to support the mental health of their employees. Although companies have different approaches, the evidence-based and technology-enabled Mental Health at Work Index sets a common standard with best practice guidance for evaluation of workplace mental health initiatives that are critical to the success of these interventions. It also supports businesses with readily available resources and practical recommendations to promote workplace mental health in an effective and measurable way.”

dr Kathleen M. Pike, director of the Columbia University Mental Health + Work Design Lab said: “The data doesn’t lie. Mental health affects the workforce in every organization and ignoring it is not an option. The Mental Health at Work Index was developed to help managers identify the needs of their workforce and address this important issue. By working with One Mind and Ethisphere, we are able to draw on extensive expertise and develop evidence-based solutions that help business leaders develop data-driven strategies that translate to better employee health and productivity, while driving the recruitment and retention of talent.”

Craig Moss, EVP Measurement at Ethispheresaid: “The collaboration with Columbia University Mental Health + Work Design Lab and One Mind is an exciting opportunity to apply our expertise in developing maturity assessments to the important issue of mental health. Ultimately, companies must create a culture that supports their mental health of the workforce. The Mental Health at Work Index will define what has a positive impact, create a maturity scale and provide resources to make the improvement process faster and more effective. The Founding Corporate Council, led by AXA, has been very helpful in understanding current practice, challenges and opportunities for improvement.”

Gordon Watson, Managing Director of AXA Asia and Africasaid, “We are proud to be a founding partner of this landmark Mental Health at Work Index and to play a leading role in the collaboration with One Mind, Columbia University Mental Health + Work Design Lab and Ethisphere. Although companies increasingly offer services to promote the mental wellbeing of their employees, the progress made needs to be better evaluated. The Index will fill this critical gap by providing guidance for companies to make measurable progress in line with global standards. This is essential as companies continue to invest in and develop their mental health initiatives to ultimately deliver better mental health outcomes for employees.”

For more information about the Mental Health at Work Index, visit mentalhealthindex.org. Or email us at info@mentalhealthindex.org.

About One Mind and One Mind at Work

One Mind is a leading mental health nonprofit that transforms lives through science and empowerment. With our shared vision of “Accelerating Brain Health for All,” One Mind is pursuing a three-pronged program strategy to accelerate discovery, scale execution, and change culture. Together we create a world where all people facing mental health challenges can live healthy and productive lives. www.onemind.org

One Mind at Work is a branch of One Mind and a global coalition of organizations dedicated to developing and implementing a gold standard for mental health and wellness in the workplace. With most of the world’s population spending a third of their adult lives at work, there is a huge opportunity for employers to improve the quality of life for all and play a vital role in promoting mental health. Failure to address mental health needs leads to costly consequences such as prolonged absenteeism, increased stress and lost productivity. One Mind at Work firmly believes that a committed group of CEOs can transform the way we look at and promote mental health, brain fitness and wellbeing in the workplace. One Mind at Work now has almost 150 member organisations.

About the Columbia University Mental Health + Work Design Lab

The Mental Health + Work Design Lab, led by Dr. Kathleen M. Pike provides food for thought, content expertise, scientific research and strategic advice on promoting mental health in the workplace. The Mental Health + Work Design Lab has a long history of working closely with a number of nonprofit and for-profit organizations around the world to promote mental health in the workplace. As part of the Columbia-World Health Organization Center for Global Mental Health, Dr. Pike and her colleagues contributed scientific analysis and reports to the upcoming WHO guidelines on mental health in the workplace. The Mental Health + Work Design Lab provides targeted research reports, analytical models, survey tools and training programs and is committed to translating science into practice to promote mental health in the workplace. The Mental Health + Work Design Lab supports collaborations with world-renowned researchers from Columbia University to create solutions for employee mental health with scientific precision.

About Ethisphere

Ethisphere is a global leader in defining and promoting standards of ethical business practices that enhance corporate character, market status and business success. Ethisphere has in-depth knowledge of measuring and defining core ethical standards, powered by data-driven insights that help organizations improve the nature of their business. Ethisphere recognizes excellence through its World’s Most Ethical Companies® awards program, provides a community of industry experts through the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA), and showcases ethical trends and best practices in Ethisphere Magazine. In addition, Ethisphere helps drive business performance through data-driven assessments, benchmarking and consulting. For more information, please visit https://ethisphere.com.

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