6 Ways People Leaders Can Help Break the Stigma Around Serious Mental Illness

One of the most devastating effects of stigma is that it prevents people from getting help*. When employees with acute mental health conditions don’t get the treatment they need, there are hefty costs for both workers and their employers.

About the Panel

Sherice Torres is an inspirational leader with nearly 25 years of experience in marketing, brand management, strategic planning, and change management. She currently serves as Global Director of Inclusion at Google – responsible for driving inclusion strategy including employee resource groups, leadership inclusion councils, inclusion partnerships, events, and insights. Sherice is the mother of 2 boys, with a passion for revolutionizing the public education system in the US, and advancing academic and professional opportunities for women and people of color.

Address mental health stigma, see real change.

Stigma hurts individuals, but it’s also an organizational problem. For employers, untreated mental illness contributes to higher health care costs, lost productivity, disability claims, and higher employee turnover. As a people leader, you can use this guide as a launching point to build a workplace where employees feel comfortable and safe getting the treatment they need.

In this guide, learn how to:

  • Support employees with serious mental illnesses
  • Foster a supportive work environment for every employee
  • Be an authentic leader by modeling healthy behaviors like using paid time off (PTO)
  • Develop anti-stigma programs, messaging, and mental health literacy training

*(Source: Corrigan, P)