Walmart offers training to help workers expand mental health support

Walmart offers training to help workers expand mental health support

Employees have made it clear they need more mental health support, and employers across all sectors have taken steps to expand more attention to their workforce. But are employees equipped to help each other?

A program recently announced by Walmart will provide mental health first aid training to company associates, teaching them how to identify and respond to people who may be experiencing mental health problems. The four-hour training program will be available virtually and in person at Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville.

“Sometimes the best support is the support we get from our peers, colleagues and loved ones,” says Lisa Woods, vice president of physical and emotional wellness at Walmart. “We want to equip our associates to support each other with confidence and empathy.”

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The program, which will be managed and operated by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, will guide employees in recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental health-related stress and teach them how to provide direct assistance and support, from how to properly contact emergency services on someone’s behalf, to making sure they know how to access emotional wellness benefits and resources, according to the announcement. company. Participants will put into practice a five-step action plan to help support those struggling.

The introduction comes at a time when employees are still struggling to manage mental health issues, which have been exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic. In 2021, according to a survey by media agency Mindshare, 76% of employees reported at least one symptom of a mental health problem, up from 59% in 2019.

Walmart’s Mental Health First Aid training will be offered in in addition to the retail business Existing 24/7 confidential counseling services with licensed therapists, available at no cost to associates and their families. The training will also work in tandem with Walmart’s partnership with AiRCare Health, which contacts associates enrolled in a Walmart medical plan to check in and see how they are doing.

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