Breaking the Stigma: Prioritizing Mental Health in Alaska’s Workplace

Anchorage Chamber presentation sheds light on mental health in the workplace

At the recent “Make it Monday” forum hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Jessica Kopischke, CEO of Frontier Health and Wellness, spoke about the importance of addressing mental wellbeing in the workplace. She emphasized that untreated mental health conditions are a leading cause of employee disability claims in the U.S., highlighting the importance for employers to prioritize the mental health of their colleagues to create a safe work environment.

Kopischke stressed the importance of employers showing respect and care for their employees in order to foster a positive work environment. She noted that different companies offer various resources for mental health treatment, and encouraged individuals to educate themselves on the resources available both at work and in their communities. By understanding insurance plans, EAP programs, and local providers, employees can access the support they need.

Despite the challenges of seeking mental health treatment in Alaska, Kopischke reassured attendees that it is okay to not be okay and that seeking help is important. She acknowledged the limited availability of mental health services in the state and the stigma surrounding mental health discussions, especially in a place like Alaska. However, she emphasized the importance of acknowledging when one is struggling and taking steps to manage mental health concerns.

Overall, Kopischke’s presentation highlighted

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