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Nonprofit organizations aim to help those in need. However, sometimes employees are the ones who need assistance. Nonprofit leaders should take the time to develop initiatives to support the mental health of their employees if they want to maintain a happy, productive team.

Make Mental Health Resources More Accessible

One of the main reasons that employees do not take advantage of available mental health programs is a lack of awareness. Your employees may not know what type of help is available. Making resources and treatment options more accessible can ensure that people receive the help they need.

If you do not already offer health benefits or an employee assistance program (EAP), consider establishing some form of support. Look at the mental health programs offered by other nonprofits in your region. Model your programs after established organizations.

After developing a program, make sure that all employees are aware of the options available. 

Eliminate the Stigma of Talking About Mental Health

Nonprofit leaders can also contribute to better mental health by eliminating the stigma of talking about health issues. Workplace laws prevent employers from raising certain issues. However, employers and employees should feel open to talking about feelings and emotions.

Normalizing the conversation around mental health can help make employees more comfortable with using resources or seeking assistance. 

Express the Importance of Taking Care of Yourself

Nonprofit leaders can take the initiative and encourage employees to devote more time to self-care. Frequently express the importance of looking after your mental and physical health. Remind employees that resources are available, and there is nothing wrong with receiving help.

Encouraging self-care may also involve reminding employees to take breaks and avoid working themselves too hard. Showing more compassion can give employees the courage to speak up about their concerns and encourages a more open workplace.

Along with these suggestions, employers should aim to promote a healthy work/life balance. Try not to schedule employees outside of their preferred availability.

These small steps can go a long way toward supporting better mental health in the workplace.