Approximately 1 in 5 New Yorkers experience a mental health disorder each year. The City of New York employs over 380,000 people, which means as many as 75,000 employees may experience a mental challenge this year. As a result, many employees may be struggling with their own mental health challenges or work alongside someone who is. Mental health challenges are extremely common, but they frequently remain hidden due to the stigma associated with it. Fortunately, we can change the conversation around mental health – and as an Ambassador, you have the power to help create a more inclusive and supportive work environment.
Get Started Here!
Ending stigma at work and changing the conversation around workplace mental health starts with each of us. WorkWell NYC has launched Let’s Talk! – a campaign to eliminate mental health stigma in the City of New York workforce by creating supportive workplaces and building resilience in employees.
Don’t know where to start? Check out the Let’s Talk! Toolkit for practical tools, resources, and activities that can be used to improve the mental health and resiliency of employees at your worksite.
Let's Talk! Pledge
Employees can demonstrate their commitment to ending stigma in the workplace by signing the Let’s Talk! Pledge. Those who sign the pledge commit to:
Help us spread the word about the Let’s Talk pledge at your agency! Use this email template to encourage your colleagues to take the pledge to end stigma in the workplace.
To incentivize participation, the top five agencies with the highest percentage of signatures will be invited to participate in a special vision board workshop in January 2021!
Recognizing that mental health is an important component of our overall health and wellbeing
Making mental health a priority in the workplace
Reaching out to support colleagues
Speaking out against mental health stigma.
In addition to the Let’s Talk! tools listed above, there are a number ofmany other helpful resources available to all City employees:.
Thrive in Your Workplace (TWP): has a number of webinars and resources on supporting employee health. Topics include supportive management practices, addressing collective trauma from COVID-19, diversity, equity and inclusion, and much more.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP): provides offers free, confidential information, education, counseling, and referrals to employees and family members. EAP also offers virtual support and discussion groups, and you can find stress management videos and resources on their website.