New SHRM Foundation survey finds HR professionals recognize importance of workplace mental health, but lack resources


ALEXANDRIA, Va. America is facing a mental health crisis in the workplace, with burnout, exhaustion and hopelessness among workers more prevalent than ever. A new survey, Mental Health in America: A 2022 Workplace Report,

from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the SHRM Foundation, in conjunction with Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Otsuka), have found that 94% of HR professionals believe that by offering mental health resources, organizations can improve the overall health of employees.

More than 3,400 human resources professionals, in a variety of industries, in US organizations with 10 or more employees participated in the survey. Around one in five respondents (21%) working for organizations that do not provide mental health benefits say their organizations do not have the resources to deal with mental health, while 21% of respondents think that it is too costly to act.

As the pandemic crystallized mental health issues in unprecedented ways, employers began to take mental health seriously. Nearly 78% of organizations surveyed currently offer mental health resources in the workplace or plan to offer such resources within the next year. However, although mental health has become a priority for most organizations, it is not necessarily a priority priority. Less than a third of HR professionals (32%) in this survey say providing mental health resources is a “high priority” for their organization, while another 41% of HR professionals indicate that this is a “medium priority”.

“It is clear that the need to establish mental health as a top priority within our organizations is critical,” said SHRM Foundation President Wendi Safstrom. “We must act now if we are to create a world of work that enables employers and employees to thrive and lead healthy and productive organizations.”

Other key findings include:

  • 86% of HR professionals say providing mental health resources can increase employee retention, and 72% believe these resources attract new talent.
  • HR professionals in the healthcare sector (61%) are the most likely to say their staff are experiencing more mental health issues than other industries, largely due to pandemic-induced workplace stress.
  • Other industries, such as the non-profit sector (47%); government/public administration/military (41%); and education (39%) say their employees are more likely to have mental health issues than other industries.
  • 88% of HR professionals believe that providing mental health resources can increase productivity.

The survey also revealed that a focus on mental health is good for business. Nearly 9 in 10 (88%) HR professionals believe providing mental health resources can increase productivity, while 78% say providing such resources can increase the organization’s return on investment.

“We are thrilled to partner with SHRM and the SHRM Foundation to shine a light on the important role employers can play in supporting the mental wellbeing of their employees,” said Angela Colon-Mahoney, Vice President of People Services. and companies, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. “As a mental health care company, Otsuka takes a forward-thinking approach to building community and reducing stigma. This commitment begins internally with a number of programs to employees, ranging from our peer-to-peer mental wellness group to our Mental Health First Aid program.”

In 2021, the SHRM Foundation launched the Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing initiative to help eliminate mental health stigma in the workplace and foster an organizational culture where mental health can be discussed openly. The initiative is designed to help organizations build a more comprehensive approach to employee wellbeing and includes a thought leadership platform that supports mental health and resources. Last year, the SHRM Foundation also launched the first-ever Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace Summit and another is planned for this fall at the SHRM Foundation/SHRM Visionary Summit in October 2022.


SHRM Member Sample

The 2022 Mental Health Workplace Benefits Study was conducted January 4-24, 2022. Online surveys were conducted with a sample of 1,783 adult SHRM members. Respondents had to be SHRM members who work in human resources in organizations of 10 or more employees. Respondents represented organizations of all sizes, from 10 to over 25,000 employees, in a wide variety of industries across the United States.

Sample of non-SHRM members

The 2022 Mental Health Workplace Benefits Study was conducted January 4-24, 2022. Online surveys were conducted with a sample of 1,629 adults who were not SHRM members. Respondents had to work in human resources in organizations with 10 or more employees. Respondents represented organizations of all sizes, from 10 to over 25,000 employees, in a wide variety of industries across the United States.

About SHRM

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting the changing workplaces of today. With more than 300,000 HR members and business leaders in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families around the world. Learn more at and on Twitter @SHRM.

About the SHRM Foundation

Founded in 1966, the SHRM Foundation is the 501c(3) philanthropic arm of the world’s largest professional HR society, SHRM. SHRM represents more than 300,000 human resources professionals around the world, impacting 115 million workers and their families. The SHRM Foundation mobilizes the power of HR for positive social change in the workplace. Its strong programming and resources, meaningful partnerships, and evidence-based research educates and empowers HR professionals to hire diverse talent, create inclusive workplaces, prioritize mental health and wellness. being at work, building skills, equipping young people to pursue careers in HR, and helping employees find purpose at work and beyond. Learn more at

About Otsuka

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is a global healthcare company whose corporate philosophy is: “Otsuka – people creating new products for better health around the world”. Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceuticals to meet unmet medical needs and nutraceuticals for daily health maintenance.

In pharmaceuticals, Otsuka is a leader in the challenging areas of mental, kidney and cardiovascular health and has additional research programs in oncology and several under-treated diseases, including tuberculosis, a global public health concern. important. These engagements exemplify how Otsuka is a “big business” company at heart, applying a spirit of youthful creativity in everything it does.

Otsuka established a presence in the United States in 1973, and today its US subsidiaries include Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC) and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI). The 1,700 employees of these two companies in the United States develop and market medicines in the fields of mental health, nephrology and cardiology, using cutting-edge technology to address unmet health needs.

OPDC and OAPI are indirect subsidiaries of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The Otsuka group of companies employs more than 47,000 people worldwide and has consolidated revenue of approximately $13.3 billion.

All Otsuka stories begin by taking the road less travelled. Learn more about Otsuka in the US at and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter at @OtsukaUS. The global website of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. can be accessed at


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