Companies are more and more concerned about the mental and addiction health of their employees, especially the lingering stress and attempts at self-medication from the pandemic. The National Safety Council surveyed employers and discovered that 90% of them worried about employee mental health, fatigue, and chronic stress, and 52% worried about the effect of drug impairments on safety.
Employers often discuss substance abuse with employees, and some offer insurance-covered help with overcoming addictions. Individual leaders and managers still find it difficult to initiate conversations around mental health, but many companies are instituting company-wide wellness and stress reduction programs. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that employers make mental health assessments and treatment available to all employees, train leaders and managers in recognizing the signs of depression and stress, and provide quiet places where employees can relax and regain balance.
Mental and addiction health professionals who want to join this movement toward wellness need resumes that show their professional credentials and their ability to understand the needs of companies. Your resume should include information about your ability to:
- Recognize the importance of employee privacy
- Teach others how to identify and respond to signs that someone needs help
- Construct surveys that monitor the attitudes of management and employees toward stress, mental health, and addiction
- Use assessment tools
- Recommend a range of services, such as practical help for caregivers
- Lead resiliency, wellness, and leadership programs, such as yoga, role-playing, or meditation
- Reduce the stigma around mental health and addiction challenges and services
- Work with a wide range of people with differing economic, status, age, gender, racial, and cultural issues.
Few mental and addiction health professionals are experts in all these areas of mental and addiction health. However, your resume should show that you can both provide and guide people toward the appropriate help. Your resume should speak to the company’s productivity, safety, and humanitarian concerns.
Robin’s Resumes® will guide you in creating a resume that highlights your strengths and matches them to corporate needs—reassuring future employers that you have the education, skills, compassion, and business acumen to address the problems they are encountering and establish a culture of support for struggling employees.