According to the National Institute on Mental Health, 19 percent of American adults experience mental health conditions each year, such as depression, anxiety disorders (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder), and bi-polar disorder, to name a few. The vast majority of these individuals are of working age, so it behooves America’s employers to learn strategies for fostering a mental health-friendly work culture.

For federal contractors, such strategies can help demonstrate a commitment to disability inclusion and empower employees to request the supports they need to perform their best. In this way, a mental health-friendly work culture may also support efforts to encourage employees with disabilities to self-identify, in turn helping employers measure their progress toward goals under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.

To help employers learn more about how to cultivate a welcoming and supportive work environment for employees who