● To have every business in the Roaring Fork Valley include mental hygiene within their organizational structure to address collective and individual wellbeing.● To replicate Aspen Strong Screening Initiative to provide to other small communities statewide with goals of
○ Increasing community-centered efforts.
■ Create communities that promote healthy community dialogue where suicide is recognized as preventable and mental hygiene is embraced and supported within community and organizational structure;
○ Reducing stigma.
○ Improving engagement.
■ Connect more people and communities in need of mental health services with support;
○ Improving messaging.
○ Making care accessible & anonymously available.
○ Decreasing statewide suicide and crisis rates.
SAMHSA reports nearly a quarter of the U.S. workforce – 28 million workers ages 18-54 – experience a mental or substance abuse disorder. This study found that the most prevalent
illnesses in the workplace are:
● alcohol abuse/dependence (9 percent of workers);
● major depression (8 percent);
● social phobia,
● an anxiety disorder (7 percent).
71 percent of workers with mental illnesses have never sought help from a medical or mental health specialist for their symptoms. (Workplaces that Thrive; SAMHSA Publication
Untreated depression is costly…
Patients with depressive symptoms spend more days in bed than those with diabetes, arthritis, back problems, lung problems, or gastrointestinal disorders. Estimates of the total cost of
depression to the Nation in 1990 range from $30 to $44 billion. Common reasons people do not seek treatment: cost, fear, not knowing where to go for services, concern about confidentiality, the opinions of neighbors, employers, and community. (Workplaces that Thrive; SAMHSA Publication 2004).
80% of internet users, or about 93 million Americans, have searched for a health-related topic online.
65% of young people experiencing mental health problems will NOT seek face-to-face help.
SCREENINGS & EDUCATION
How screening can help employees and your bottom line: Connection, Detection, Protection… can have a significant impact on the lives of those who experience mental health issues and can also improve worker productivity and decrease the cost of providing health insurance. In reflection of the data presented above, how are these statistics impacting your workplace?
PROMOTION & SUPPORT
Our goal is to help your front line staff and HR to integrate and promote good mental hygiene practices for your business. Our team will consult and connect your business to Aspen Strong’s online resources and lead you through the process to determine how our tools can complement your existing mental health programming.
Aspen Strong Resources
● Workplace toolkit for employer:
○ Promotional & educational materials and messaging.
○ Social media posts.
○ Promotional messaging for emails/blog.
○ Posters and wallet cards to distribute and boost efforts.
○ Articles to support emotional literacy around mental illness.
● Workplace toolkit for employee (under development):
○ How to connect and talk with your EAP, HR, a specialist, crisis when in need.
○ Downloadable tools to expand employees emotional literacy and toolbox.
○ Videos on connecting to people.
● Aspen Strong Directory
● Aspen Strong Support Calendar
● Online, anonymous screenings
● Community trainings and education to support emotional literacy in your business and help your team to identify performance problems that may indicate worker distress and possible
need for referral and evaluation.
● Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or other appropriate supports.
All Partnerships include:
● Recognition on the Aspen Strong website and email posts.
● If applicable, presence at your health fairs or community events.
● Downloadable Marketing & Promotion Materials for you business.
● Monthly emails supporting your HR/Leadership team with promotional language and updates on current education, trainings, and events supporting mental health.
Companies with the most effective health and productivity programs achieved 11% more revenue per employee, delivered 28% higher shareholder returns, and had lower medical trends and fewer absences per employee.