resources for employers & employees

Stigma-free, drug-free workplaces

Employers are taking great strides to reduce stigma and encourage a workplace culture of mental health wellness. Explore the following workplace resources for employers and employees alike.


Mental health in the workplace

10 Tips for Managing Mental Health in the Workplace The National Alliance on Mental Illness presents 10 tips for making every day a good day. Read more »

American Psychological Association: Coping with Stress at Work Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. But when work stress becomes chronic, it can be overwhelming. Learn more about the health concerns surrounding work-related stress »

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers many resources on developing a general workplace health program. View the Workplace Health Model » and read more from the CDC:

• CDC on Depression »
• CDC on Occupational Stress »

Depression in the Workplace: Facts from Mental Health America “Clinical depression has become one of America’s most costly illnesses. Left untreated, depression is as costly as heart disease or AIDS to the U.S. economy, costing over $51 billion in absenteeism from work and lost productivity and $26 billion in direct treatment costs. Depression tends to affect people in their prime working years and may last a lifetime if untreated. More than 80% of people with clinical depression can be successfully treated. With early recognition, intervention and support, most employees can overcome clinical depression and pick up where they left off…” Read more from Mental Health America »

Source: © Copyright Mental Health America, accessed Feb 4, 2016

From prevention steps to understanding trauma, the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (or OACBHA) publishes several helpful one-pagers on behavioral topics. View the PDF one-pagers »

Learn how to handle a crisis with Mental Health First Aid USA. This 8-hour training teaches participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Select your curriculum from three great courses. Whether you work with young adults or as a first responder in our community, there is a Mental Health First Aid training for you. Learn more and register »

Mental Health Help Mental health disorders can affect people of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illness is not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illness is treatable. Read more »

StarkMHAR Care Network This local directory of qualified service providers, within the StarkMHAR provider network, addresses mental health and addiction treatment. The directory includes a brief description of each provider’s services, programs and contact information. StarkMHAR Care Network »

SAMHSA Publications The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Learn more about these SAMHSA publications:

• Mental Health Friendly Workplace » 
• Workplaces that Thrive »

Workplace Wellness Did you know that 70% of those currently employed are searching for other jobs? An unhappy or unhealthy work environment is bad for a company’s bottom line and bad for employees. If you’re wondering if you have a healthy or unhealthy work environment, take this survey »

Source: © Copyright Mental Health America, accessed Feb 24, 2016

Creating a drug-free workplace

Addiction Help More than a matter of will power, addiction is a disease that affects the brain. Scientific advances show substance addiction can be successfully treated and users can resume productive lives. Read more »

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers many resources on developing a general workplace health program. View the Workplace Health Model » and read more from the CDC:

• Alcohol and Substance Misuse »
• Tobacco-Use Cessation »

Drug Drop-Off Locations Don’t risk your unwanted prescriptions getting into an illicit supply pipeline. Drug Free Stark County has collaborated with law enforcement throughout Stark County to establish more than a dozen permanent drug drop-off locations. Find a drop box near you »

From prevention steps to developing a drug-free workforce, the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (or OACBHA) publishes several helpful one-pagers on behavioral topics. View the PDF one-pagers »

Opiate Task Force In partnership with the Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery, the Opiate Task Force was created as a place for all sectors of Stark County to come together and address the issue of opiates here at home. The task force is comprised of law enforcement, medical personnel, treatment providers, community leaders and parents. Read more »

SAMHSA Drug-Free Workplace Toolkit The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. View the online, interactive Drug-Free Workplace Toolkit » and access more online resources from SAMHSA:

• Drug-Free Workplace »
• Assess Your Workplace »

Drug Free Stark County partners with Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery. It is a partnership of law enforcement, schools, faith-based organizations, parents, youth, business, health care and treatment providers who work to increase public awareness of the harmful effects of substance abuse. Read more »

Stark County’s heroin epidemic is on the rise with the devastating effects of prescription drug addiction leading to a resurgence of heroin addiction. The number of people seeking opiate treatment since 2006 has increased more than 200% county wide. Read more »

What is Working Partners? With more than 20 years of experience helping organizations – public and private, DOT-mandated, union-affiliated, multi-state and more – create and develop drug-free workplace policies and programs, Working Partners » strives to make drug-free operation easy by tailoring services to best fit an organization’s needs. Learn how a drug-free workplace affects the bottom line »


Suicide prevention resources

American Association of Suicidology is a national non-profit organization focused on suicide prevention. American Association of Suicidology also provides current scientific information, resources, information and a specific section for suicide survivors. Read more »

Man Therapy is a resource designed for working-age men (25-54), that utilizes humor to decrease stigma and encourage help-seeking behavior. Man Therapy provides information on mental health, including screenings and encouragement by utilizing an interactive website with videos to provide information, resources and self-help tips. Read more »

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation provides suicide prevention information and resources to all Ohioans. Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation also provides data, statistics as well as past presentations. Read more »

Responding to Suicide in the Workplace is a guide to various situations regarding suicide loss and post-vention planning. Read guide »

Right Direction for Me is an effort from the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, a program of the American Psychiatric Foundation and Employers Health Coalition, Inc. whose mission is to raise awareness regarding depression and stress in the workplace. Right Direction for Me also provides information on resources and where to get help. Read more »

Support Groups Multiple treatment approaches are utilized in successful recovery. Support groups are an important component in mental health and addiction recovery. For a list of local support groups »

Suicide Prevention Coalition partners with Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery to promote the benefits of a well-informed and empowered community in order to save lives. Read more »

Suicide Prevention Resource Center is a federal resource for suicide prevention that provides resources, educational materials, best practice programs and suicide prevention basics. Read more »

Veteran’s Administration Resources for the men and women who have served our country. Learn more about when to ask for help » and find additional veteran resources at:

• Veterans Employment Toolkit »
• Suicide Prevention Mini-Clinic »

Working Minds strives to establish a workplace suicide prevention network, provide trainings and change the culture of suicide prevention in the workplace. Working Minds also provides information on why workplaces should be invested in mental health and suicide prevention, a toolkit for suicide prevention, training opportunities, how to help and short videos. Read more »


Take a screening today

How are you feeling? Are you experiencing stress, depression or anxiety? Are you concerned you may be dependent on alcohol? Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional.

 How are you feeling today?

This program is completely anonymous and confidential. Immediately following the brief questionnaire, you will see your results, recommendations and key resources.