June 4, 2015

Mental Health in Work Place - Increasing Attention by HR Professionals

May 2015


“There is a lot of stigma around mental illness,” says Peter Cappelli, Wharton management professor and director of the school’s Center for Human Resources. There are still a lot of people who believe it is character rather than a physiological problem.  Mental illness is not very well understood at this point in time.

A national campaign  "Change Direction,” was launched  to encourage Americans to care for their mental health and recognize the signs of emotional distress — withdrawal, agitation, hopelessness, decline in personal care and change in personality. The campaign targets the business and corporate community, with Booz Allen Hamilton a major partner with the message "“Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness."