Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work: An HR Toolkit

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Work stress and job burnout are now classified as medical-occupational syndromes that cost employers tens of millions of dollars in lost productivity, disability and workers’ compensation claims. Additionally, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness. To put this into perspective, in an organization with 500 employees, nearly 100 employees could suffer from a mental illness.   

What is the role of the human resources manager? For most, the role is ensuring that the work gets done with minimal friction – avoiding issues by labeling them as “personal” or “private.”  But the workplace and the workforce are changing rapidly and the role of actively avoiding the mental health and wellness of employees is outmoded. Worse, avoidance may risk bigger, more complicated problems when employees are left unsupported at work, including uncontrolled conflict and threats of violence.

This two-part Premier Course will provide HR and other professionals with tools to understand and recognize how stress, anxiety, interpersonal conflict and mental illness negatively impacts the business with loss productivity and legal claims.  Attendees will access the best research and case studies, learn what resources are available and how to create and maintain a healthy work environment.  

Two Sessions

Sessions are 3-hours each, from 9am to 12pm (in person and online) and designed to engage participants through examples, exercises and case studies. Attendees may share professional experiences in a comfortable, supportive environment.

Dates to be announced

Session 1

Understanding the Problem and the Role of the HR Professional

  • Evidence-based research and case studies
  • How to speak about the bottom line
  • Achieving transparency and a supportive workplace culture
  • How to have a conversation with a distressed employee
  • Documenting and referring
  • The role of the Employee Assistance Program
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act and related issues

Session 2 -

Developing and Maintaining a Mentally Fit and Well Workplace  

  • Understanding and combatting stigma and fear
  • The use of screening tools
  • Work-life balance
  • Utilizing the employer-sponsored health plan’s mental health parity coverage
  • The role of the supervisor
  • Instilling trust and care
  • Best practices and benchmarks


Tracy Kaplan, LCSW, MBA, CEAP, SAP
Preferred Behavorial Health Group

Christopher D'Marco
Change & Response Strategies, LLC

John J. Sarno, M.A., J.D.
Employers Association of New Jersey

Opening remarks

Ingrid Astudillo
Director, Human Resources
Miele, Inc.

HRCI & SHRM CP Credits

Each participant will be eligible to receive 3 credits per session.


Miele Experience Center  (Online session participants will be sent a link to join).
9 Independence Way
Princeton, NJ 08540


The cost of this Premier Course is $200 per person for EANJ members, non-members $300 per person.  Payment due in advance