Mental Health Awareness Month: It’s a family affair

Parents of children struggling with mental health face several byproducts which can impact their performance at work and just daily life. According to Brightline data, if your child has a mental health issue, you’re twice as likely to have one yourself. Tebben says there’s also a 50% greater chance of divorce if your child has a mental health issue. During the pandemic, 48% of parents considered getting help or had gotten help for their children. However, 21% either left or considered leaving their job because of their child’s behavioral health condition.

That’s a wake-up call for employers during the Great Resignation, in which companies across the United States are experiencing historic turnover. More than 60 million Americans have quit their jobs over the past year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prompted by the pandemic to re-evaluate their priorities in life, workers have been leaving their positions for greener pastures, demanding higher salaries, better working conditions, improved work-life balance and more opportunities to advance their career.

To combat the nationwide staffing shortage and compete for talent, employers are having to increase their compensation and benefits packages beyond the traditional healthcare, dental, vision and 401(k) offers. Mental health benefits, resources and support for not only themselves, but also their families, remain in high demand by job seekers.

“The feedback across the board indicates that it’s not a year of take away – it’s a year of how do we add support to get employees back to the office,”

Read the original article here