Our People, Our Responsibility,
Our Movement

The issue is critical. The solution is all of us.

The SHRM Foundation embraces mental health and wellness as the future of work. But for far too long, the value of HR professionals and people managers in solving this urgent crisis has been overlooked. There is an unprecedented need for leadership and vision, and HR is ready to answer the call: CEOs are turning to HR and people managers for solutions; Teams are turning to HR and people managers for support; Policymakers need HR and people managers to put theory into practice.

That’s why the SHRM Foundation is leading the charge toward transformational change by empowering business leadership and HR professionals to eliminate the stigma around employees’ mental health, invest in innovative wellness strategies, and create more supportive work environments through three key offerings:
● Connect: Fostering a platform for thought leadership supporting mental health and wellness in the workplace to accelerate a movement around removing the stigma of mental health from the workplace
● Curate: A portfolio of resources which includes innovative tools to create supportive and inclusive workplaces, including training modules, educational resources, HR ally certification, and more
● Convene: Empowering summits and other events around mental health and wellness in the workplace, specifically for CEOs, CHROs to interact with experts, exchange ideas, and start the paradigm shift – including our 2021 Workplace Mental Health & Wellness Summit and 2022 Visionaries Summit
We have the motivation, experience, and solutions to help executives and HR leaders in organizations of all sizes address the mental health and wellness of our most treasured resources: Our people.

Accelerating Change in the Future of Workplace Mental Health

SHRM Foundation is leading the charge toward transformational change by empowering business leadership and HR professionals to eliminate the stigma around employees’ mental health, invest in innovative wellness strategies, and create more supportive work environments in three ways:

Connecting

Fostering a platform for thought leadership supporting mental health and wellness in the workplace.

Curating

A portfolio of resources which includes innovative tools to create supportive and inclusive workplaces.

Convening

Empowering summits and events to interact with experts, exchange ideas, and start the paradigm shift.

 Mental Health in America: A 2022  Workplace Report

This comprehensive, free report details the challenges that workers are facing, as well as the toll of mental health on American businesses. It provides the insights needed to build effective mental health strategies in the workplace, including:

  • Guidance for crafting more robust mental health benefits packages
  • Benchmarking of what services different companies are providing
  • Strategies to deliver ongoing mental health support that can help you retain the talent you have and attract the new talent you need
  • A roadmap for evaluating what’s working – and what’s not – when it comes to supporting worker mental health.

The Toll of Workplace Mental Health

72%

72% employers say stress and burnout are concerns for their organization
(Metlife, November 2021)

37%

37% of employees feel overwhelmed, burned out, stressed more than half the time when working
(Metlife, November 2021)

84%

84% of workers surveyed experienced at least one mental health challenge over the past year, from issues such as stress and burnout to diagnosable conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.
(Metlife, November 2021)
300,000
SHRM members:

pioneering solutions, accelerating a movement

A Capable, Caring Force for Good

You are not alone in confronting this growing issue. The HR profession has always had a role in addressing mental health and wellness. Today SHRM, SHRM Foundation, and our 300,000-strong membership are leading the charge for businesses to invest in innovative wellness strategies and create more supportive work environments.

Our progress means you now have access to a curated portfolio of innovative resources to create supportive and inclusive workplaces, including training modules, educational resources, HR ally certification, and more to help you manage your employees most critical needs. Find your solutions today!

Let’s Let Go of the Stigma

Being able to have open, honest conversations about mental health is the first step in helping our people manage their own mental health in the workplace.

Join others accelerating the change

This is just the beginning of a movement poised to shift the workplace paradigm around this most important issue.

A Win-Win Investment

Investing in our people isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s a smart business move, too. Investing in workplace mental health and wellness increases retention, recruitment, and productivity; lowers absenteeism, disability leave, and medical costs; and reduces employee-related risks and potential liabilities.

Every $1* investment in promoting mental health has a $3 – $5 return

Source: Creating a mentally healthy workplace: Return on investment analysis. PwC, beyondblue, Australian Government National Mental Health Commission, and The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance.

As HR professionals, we have the motivation, experience, and solutions to help
business leaders in organizations of all sizes address the mental health and
wellness of our most treasured resources: Our people.