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Mental health, wellness and Corporate America

Mar 16 2015

Mental health is becoming a new priority in Corporate America, according to a March 2015 post in U.S. News & World Report. Writer Nancy Wang features examples of individuals and their employers — including Aetna — who have started to pay attention to emotional health as part of the overall wellness picture.

Here is an excerpt:

Aetna has had some success with its meditation and yoga programs that started in 2012 as part of its wellness program. On average, the 13,000 employees who have participated in at least one class have reported a 28 percent reduction in their stress levels. “It is about this notion of attending to the mind and attending to what state of mind and how that impacts your overall ability to be productive and to be healthy,” said Louise Murphy, president of Aetna Behavioral Health.

Murphy was on hand for the launch of the Campaign to Change Direction on Mental Health to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness in the U.S.  To read the full article, visit U.S. News & World Report. To hear First Lady Michelle Obama’s message about mental illness, click here.

Be sure to check out these three animation videos from the Campaign to Change Direction detailing several of the signs of suffering.