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