Wellmark marks mental health awareness month by becoming a registered "Make It OK" workplace Campaign is aimed at reducing the stigma of mental illness in the workplace
DES MOINES, IA – Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced it has registered as an official "Make It OK" External Link workplace to reduce the stigma of mental illness among its workforce and the community. As part of its commitment, Wellmark will provide education to employees about mental illness, promote resources for getting help, and offer training for employees to become Make It OK Ambassadors.
"Wellmark's commitment to Make It OK will deliver valuable resources for our employees to ensure they feel supported when it comes to mental health for themselves and those they work with," said Marci Chickering, Wellmark's chief human resources officer. "Mental Health Awareness Month in May serves as great timing to launch this effort and prioritize the well-being of our most important asset: our employees."
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports one in five adults experienced mental illness in 2019. Of those with mental illness, only 40 percent received treatment. According to NAMI, stigma was the greatest barrier to individuals seeking help.
"Following a year of challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we know many in our workforce may be feeling increased anxiety, stress or loneliness," said Chickering. "We want our employees to know we are committed to providing the education and resources needed to support their mental and physical well-being."
Make It OK is a community campaign supported by the Healthiest State Initiative to start conversations and increase understanding about mental illness in Iowa.