Anchorage Chamber presentation spotlights mental health in the workplace

Breaking the Stigma: Prioritizing Mental Health in the Workplace with Jessica Kopischke, CEO of Frontier Health and Wellness

In a recent presentation as part of their “Make it Monday” forum, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce discussed the importance of mental wellbeing in the workplace. Jessica Kopischke, CEO and owner of Frontier Health and Wellness, spoke about the need for improving mental health options for Alaskans and finding solutions for treatment. She emphasized that untreated mental health conditions are one of the leading causes of employee disability claims in the U.S., urging employers to prioritize the mental health of their colleagues to create a safe work environment.

Kopischke highlighted the importance of employers showing respect for their team by caring about their employees’ wellbeing. She stressed that creating a safe and valued work environment is crucial for mental wellness. There are various resources available for mental health treatment, and Kopischke encouraged individuals to educate themselves on these resources both at home and in the workplace.

Understanding insurance plans, EAP programs, and available providers is essential for accessing mental health support. In Alaska, accessing mental health treatment can be challenging due to limited resources. Kopischke acknowledged the stigma surrounding mental health and how difficult it can be to seek help in places like Alaska. However, she reassured individuals that seeking help when needed is necessary and encouraged them to prioritize their mental wellbeing.

Overall, the presentation emphasized the importance of prioritizing mental health in the workplace to support employee wellbeing. By understanding resources and acknowledging struggles with mental health, individuals can work towards better overall wellbeing.


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