Accountability for Mental Health

Leaders are both responsible and accountable for the mental health of their people.

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Women 2019, Deshauna Barber, captain for the U.S. Army Reserve and Miss USA 2016, explains leaders’ accountability for the mental health of those they lead.

When it comes to mental health, Deshauna says leaders are not only responsible, they’re accountable. “As a company, you're not only responsible for your employees and the people that work within your organization, you are accountable for them,” she shares. “It's not about what are they doing, it’s also about how are they doing, checking in on them.”

Watch the video to learn more about how to provide assistance in the mental wellness of others.

People that are leading and they want to look out for their communities when it comes to mental health, I think looking at an abrupt change in behavior is important. I, for one, have had the opportunity to be around soldiers and post-traumatic stress disorder, and those that are coming back from deployments, working with organizations like USO, Operation Homefront, all these organizations that are constantly doing what they need to do to make sure that our veterans are taken care of. Me, specifically as an officer in the military, I'm looking for abrupt changes in behavior. I'm looking for someone who looks incredibly happy one day, and incredibly sad the next day.

It's something that I actually spoke about on stage is you're not only responsible, but you're accountable. So as a company, you're not only responsible for your employees and the people that work within your organization, you are accountable for them. So it's not about what are they doing, it’s also about how are they doing, checking in on them. "What is your status with this?" "How's your family doing?" I think that that's probably the first step for them to be able to have a direct access to understanding their employees and their employees mental health, making sure that within the organization, they're providing access to maybe an onsite work therapist, someone that's there, free of charge, not make it something that's stigmatized.

So you want to be able to show that this is an open space where "Hey, I just want to go speak to the therapist today." So I think that as a company, that would be wonderful as well, is giving them that access right down the hallway.
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Captain Deshauna Barber

Captain Deshauna Barber is a logistics commander in the U.S. Army Reserve. In 2016, Deshauna became the first Miss USA to currently serve in the U.S. military. She spent her yearlong reign partnering with the USO, Smile Train, Best Bu...

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