Why mental health matters

The health care workforce is integral to transformed mental health care. But mental health care is complex.  Healthcare providers, whether working in public health, primary health care, community mental health or specialty health care, face significant on-the-job pressures and heavy workloads. Your careers come with unique rewards and equally unique risks: you are 1.5 times more likely to miss work due to illness or disability than in all other sectors. You are also the first point of contact for those seeking help for a mental health problem or illness. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do without specific training.