The U.S. Surgeon General’s Framework for Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being


The Resilience Through Well-Being campaign's U.S. Surgeon General's Framework for Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being

The United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released a Framework for Workplace Mental Health & Well-Being as a response to the prioritization of worker's voice and equity and the dynamic changes to the current workplace landscape. Research from this report found that 84% of survey respondents stated at least one workplace factor negatively impacted their mental health. These factors include emotionally draining work, challenges with work-life balance, and lack of recognition in the workplace.  

As a solution, Dr. Murthy shared five “Essentials" to encourage and assist organizations to develop, maintain and update policies and best practices to support the mental health and well-being of all employees. This is broken down by the following:  

  • Protection From Harm 
  • Connection & Community 
  • Work-Life Harmony 
  • Mattering at Work 
  • Opportunity for Growth 


In backing this mission, OD's Resilience Through Well-Being campaign is excited to announce that the Surgeon General's framework will serve as the foundation of its 2023 strategy. Throughout the year, we will dive into each of the five essentials and discuss how it relates to you while providing additional support through accessible resources and workshops. The initiative will kick off with its first essential, “Mattering at Work" by highlighting ways to build a culture of gratitude and recognition within your communities. Please note that this will be available to the entire NIH Workforce, and as such, you are encouraged to visit the campaign website to learn more about upcoming events and products and distribute them to colleagues who may find it valuable. 




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Leslie Pont
Program Manager
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