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Why Employers Must Address Mental Health

By Bonnie Johnson,


One in five of adults experience mental illness according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Beyond the obvious impact to the person, there’s a ripple effect to the family, community, workplace, and world. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide; depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year in lost productivity (NAMI). 

It’s no doubt that an employee’s mental wellness affects and influences their work, from performance, to productivity, engagement, and communication.Many organizations are making great strides to address this topic, but there’s still much work to do. The workplace can be key in improving adults’ well-being through mental health awareness and workplace wellness programs.

Where do we begin as an industry and business? A dialogue about mental health is the beginning, with open communication and support for all employees. This initiative is not only for those struggling with a mental illness, but for those who are supporting them. A supervisor may come face-to-face with a situation they feel unprepared to handle. The emotional toll on those in supportive roles can also be intense. Managers, leaders, and coworkers often need training to understand and know how to help effectively. is hosting a “Mental Health in Ag” 2-part virtual workshop on September 14 & 15, 2020. This workshop is a remarkable learning opportunity to invest in yourself, your operation, and your organization. Find out more here: Mental Health in Ag Workshop.