Expand Workplace
Mental Health Programs Strategy

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J.W. Fisher

J.W. Fisher, president of Fisher Contracting Company and steering team chairperson for the Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership, discusses the unique position employers are in to address mental health. He also discusses the Owner’s Guide to Creating and Implementing a Mental Health Program and the rollout of the iMatter Anti-Stigma Campaign.

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Employers are in a unique position to educate and support employee mental health regardless of demographics, environments or experiences. Mental illness costs employers through direct health care costs and indirect costs such as loss of productivity, absenteeism and disability costs. We engage with business groups and employers to support employees and those who are more at-risk for mental illness so individuals can access quality care. To learn more about the Fisher Contracting Company Workplace Mental Health Program, click the following link to download An Owner's Guide to Implementing a Workplace Mental Health Program which was built working with the Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership and by using the APA Working Well Toolkit.

Actions & Purpose:

  • Facilitate workplace mental health assessments

    • Mental health assessments help employers evaluate the effectiveness of their current workplace mental health programs and begin to make proactive changes to support employees.

    • A Workplace Mental Health Assessment Tool (reformatted and adapted by the Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership from the APA Working Well Toolkit, June 2016)

  • Develop goals and strategies

    • To improve workplace mental health programs employers will set goals and strategies including creating tactics for implementation, assigning responsibilities, gathering resources, implementing timelines and reviewing and refining their programs on an annual basis.


  • Implement workplace trainings

    • Employers can make an immediate impact in their workplace mental health programs by implementing trainings, such as Mental Health First Aid, where participants take a skills-based training course that teaches employees to identify, understand and respond to mental health and substance-use challenges.

    • Workplace Mental Health First Aid Resource

  • Assess benefits to improve access

    • Employers will review their current benefits, such as insurance coverage and/or employee assistance programs, and strive to create equitable coverage between mental health and physical health care.  

  •  Review current wellness strategies

    • Employers have an opportunity to work with their employees to make proactive changes to their wellness strategies to improve and promote health and well-being. 

Are you interested in learning more? 

We are here to help you support your employees


Pricing for workshops, presentations, consultations and trainings are dependent upon each organization’s needs, number of employees, the amount of time requested and the number of facilitators required.

To inquire for more information, please contact Dr. Matt Samocki: msamocki@greatlakesbay.org

If you or someone you know is struggling, call the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or text BELONG to 741741.

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A Certified Non-Academic Partner of the National Network of Depression Centers


To connect or to ask questions, contact us at: msamocki@greatlakesbay.org

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