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Utah businesses helping employees cope with mental health

SALT LAKE CITY — Taking care of our mental health at work is the focus of a new campaign Utah business leaders launched on Tuesday.

More people than ever are quitting their jobs in just about every industry. Many are burnt out.

Companies in Utah are taking notice. Several business leaders gathered at Strong Volkswagen in Salt Lake City Tuesday. They want employees to know they care and will offer resources that will help them feel more engaged, happy, and productive.

From the automotive industry to healthcare, no company is immune.

“Chances are you and every one of your employees have experienced some degree of anxiety, general stress, or depression,” said Brad Strong, CEO of Strong Automotive Group.

The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Utah Community Builders and Live On Utah unveiled a new campaign addressing workplace wellbeing and suicide prevention.

“For businesses across the state, the wellbeing of our employees is a top priority,” the campaign said. “But with mental health concerns growing in our communities, taking care of those employees can be a challenge.”

Studies show one in five workers are more inclined to work for a company dedicated to mental health support.

Businesses committed to the campaign are taking the charge. They’re working to dismantle the stigma around mental health and encourage others to follow suit.

“Mental health might be harder to see but it shouldn’t stop us in making sure that all Utahns have access to the best resources when they need them,” said Mikelle Moore, senior vice president of Intermountain Healthcare.

This campaign is all about opening up the dialogue, learning from other companies and finding effective strategies that will benefit their staff.

The suicide prevention toolkit for employers is available here.

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