The Chicagoland Business Leadership Network (CBLN), a program of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation, will host an interactive panel discussion Thursday, March 31, to discuss mental health in the workplace.
The event, presented in conjunction with The Kennedy Forum, will include a practical discussion with industry experts, covering strategies to accommodate workers with mental illness or addiction issues. The discussion will also cover creating healthy workplace environments to improve wellness and performance for all employees.
“One in four Americans live with mental illness or addiction, affecting them during prime working years and affecting their ability to fully participate in the workplace,” Ann Kisting, executive director of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation, said. “Mental health and substance abuse issues can represent significant cost to employers both directly and indirectly. Promoting good mental health goes beyond a company’s bottom line and is a win-win for all involved.”
The meeting takes place from 8-10 a.m. at Northern Trust.
"As civic leaders and large purchasers, CEOs are in a unique position to drive change for employees and their families,” Kelly O’Brien, executive director of The Kennedy Forum in Illinois, said. “And the business case is strong for this -- employers investing in a mentally healthy workforce are seeing lower total medical costs, increased productivity, lower absenteeism and presenteeism, and decreased disability costs.”