American Heart Association

Mental Health

A Workforce Crisis

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Our nation is facing a mental health crisis. Media reports tell the story, from rising rates of depression and suicide to an alarming increase in random acts of violence. As employers dedicated to workplace health and well-being, we have an obligation to prioritize mental health on the same level and with the same laser focus as physical health. The American Heart Association CEO Roundtable is a leadership collaborative of 40-plus members and we collectively represent more than 10 million employees and their family members. We commissioned Mental Health: A Workforce Crisis to illustrate the need for employers to support employee mental health. This report is informed by unique insights from a nationwide employee survey and a synthesis of the evidence on the effectiveness of workplace mental health interventions.

Regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, education or income, mental health disorders do not discriminate. The problem is so pervasive in the United States that 44 million adults — or about one of every five — have a mental health disorder.1

As CEOs, we must lead by example and engage other business leaders in redefining workplace inclusiveness and powering a mental health movement. We cannot afford to let social stigma and discrimination hinder an individual’s ability to achieve optimum health and employment.

Like chronic diseases, mental health disorders are treatable, and employers can use comprehensive strategies to cultivate supportive work environments.

This report provides actionable strategies for advancing workplace mental health from CEO Roundtable companies and an expert panel.

Our member CEOs share an unyielding commitment to help build healthier workplaces and communities. We hope this report will inspire employers to do more to provide mental health education, training and support across all levels of their organizations.

The full report is also available as a PDF download.


  1. Weinberger A.H., Gbedemeh M., Martinez A.M., Nash D., Galea S., & R.D., G. (2018). Trends in depression prevalence in the USA from 2005 to 2015: widening disparities in vulnerable groups. Psychological Medicine. doi:10.1017/S0033291717002781. Retrieved from https://