Worry and anxiety – very real challenges to our emotional wellbeing - can interfere with our overall health and our feelings of contentment and success at work and in our personal lives, and they can strike any of us at any time.
1 in 8 across the globe live with a mental health condition.
And Assurant is working to break the stigma.
Our purpose, helping people thrive in a connected world, also applies to how we help employees thrive by supporting growth and development and by continuing to focus on their health and physical, emotional, financial, and social wellbeing. We continue to prioritize mental health based on employee feedback and the broad effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on issues of isolation, burnout, depression, stress, and anxiety. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated a “rise in both anxiety and depressive disorders at more than 25% in the first year of the pandemic,” all while identifying a widening gap in mental health services and available resources.
This inspired our theme this year: “Connections.” Connecting with supportive people heightens our sense of belonging and wellbeing, while feeling disconnected can create a sense of loneliness and isolation which can take toll on both emotional and physical wellbeing. Connecting with others or spending focused solo time to connect with yourself also can help build resiliency to face challenges and grow.
Though today marks World Mental Health Day, we’re committed to providing our employees with information and resources to support wellbeing all year long. It is important to create and foster an environment for open dialogue about the issue of mental health to break the stigma and ensure employees feel safe and supported in their professional and personal lives.
Beyond this support, our U.S. employees have access to an array of mental health and wellbeing benefits, including:
2:1 Match: Donations to Charitable Organizations on World Mental Health Day
Assurant is also offering a 2:1 match for donations to mental health agencies today through the Assurant Foundation. The special match will be above and beyond the regular annual match allocation of $1,000 per employee.
Together with our employees, we are working to normalize and prioritize mental wellbeing. For more information about our U.S. benefits, visit MyAssurantBenefits.com.