Mental Health Awareness Month

Today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Month and as the Voice of Business, we want to use this opportunity to have a candid conversation about the importance of mental health.

Taking care of your mental health is as important as taking care of your physical needs.


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Why Does Mental Health Matter for Business?

More and more businesses are prioritizing mental health and for good reason. Mental health means:

  • Stronger Teams: Employees who prioritize their mental well-being are more engaged and productive, and have improved problem-solving skills.
  • Reduced Absenteeism: Supporting mental health can lead to lower employee absenteeism and presenteeism (being physically present but mentally checked out).
  • Positive Company Culture: Creating a culture that openly discusses mental health fosters employee well-being and loyalty.

Actions You Can Take in Your Business

  • Lead by Example: Normalize conversations about mental health and encourage employees to seek help if needed.
  • Promote Resources: Share information about local mental health resources and Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) if available.
  • Offer Flexible Work Options: Workplace flexibility can reduce stress and improve work-life balance for employees.
  • Encourage Breaks and Time Off: Employees who take breaks and vacations return feeling refreshed and more focused.
  • Organize Mental Wellness Events: Host workshops or seminars on stress management or mindfulness practices.

Many of us have experienced mental health challenges. You are not alone. By prioritizing well-being for ourselves, our loved ones, and our employees, we can create a more resilient and successful business community.

In the event of a mental health crisis, remember that resources in Alameda are available. The Alameda CARE Team (Community Assessment Response & Engagement) led by the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) provides a 24/7 alternative response to nonviolent individuals facing a mental health crisis.

How to Contact the Alameda CARE Team

If you are in crisis or see someone who may be in crisis:

    • Call 911 or
    • Call 510-337-8340 (police non-emergency line) and explain the situation to dispatchers. They will determine if the CARE Team is the appropriate response.

The CARE Team will arrive in a low-profile, program-branded vehicle. The team will assess the situation and help individuals navigate the best path forward in obtaining needed services.

Additional Resources

At the Alameda Chamber & Economic Alliance, we are committed to supporting our members in all aspects of their business operations. We believe that a healthy and happy workforce leads to thriving businesses and a stronger Alameda community. We hope you will join us in bringing awareness to the importance of mental health.

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