Mental health

The Hartford and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) researched the barriers Black U.S. employees face regarding mental health support in the workplace.

A survey of 1,456 employed adults was conducted from April 13 – 17, 2023, and April 28 – May 1, 2023.

Key findings include:

1.) 41% of Black employees said their company had an open and inclusive work environment that encouraged dialogue about mental health.
2.) 38% of Black employees said their leadership (managers/supervisors) was empathetic and took a genuine interest in employees’ lives, compared to 64% of white workers. 
3.) 36% of Black employees said they “were” or “would be” comfortable talking to their co-workers about mental health.
4.) 43% of Black employees said their company provides flexibility with work schedules so employees can get mental health help, compared to 60% of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees and 54% of white employees who said the same.
5.) Black employees were more likely than white workers to say they have experienced exclusion, hostility, a culture of inequity, microaggressions, and discrimination at their job which affected their mental health.

Read the original research here.

Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
Follow on Twitter