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Overcoming stigma: 3 strategies toward better mental health in the workplace

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McKinsey outlines three key strategies for companies to support employees' mental health. Image: Unsplash/Leon

Erica Coe
Partner, Atlanta, McKinsey & Company
Jenny Cordina
Partner, Detroit, McKinsey & Company
Kana Enomoto
Senior Expert, Washington DC, McKinsey & Company
Nikhil Seshan
Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company
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Stigma ranks last when employers list their top mental-health priorities.
Productivity and engagement, wellbeing and access to treatment were the most important mental-health priorities for employers. Image: McKinsey & Company

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People with behavioural-health issues believe they are stigmatized by colleagues.
People with mental-health issues believe they experience stigma at work. Image: McKinsey & Company

Few employees want to work closely with someone who has had behavioural-health issues.
Just over a quarter of those surveyed were willing to work with someone in recovery from mental illness or substance-use. Image: McKinsey & Company
Most employees support equitable benefits and hiring practices for people with behavioural-health issues.
Around two-thirds of employees surveyed supported equitable benefits and hiring practices with behavioural-health issues. Image: McKinsey & Company

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