The surgeon general’s recent mental health warning is something business leaders and managers shouldn’t ignore, according to a leading diversity consultant

Last week, the surgeon general published a report on the “devastating” state of youth mental health. The report is a reminder that many American workers are struggling too and that CEOs can help. That’s according to Disability:IN CEO Jill Houghton who spoke at Insider’s “Transforming Business” event, presented by Alight, on December 9, 2021.

In a 53-page report published last week, the US surgeon general issued a notice on the “devastating” state of mental health, saying it would be a “tragedy” to ignore it. While the surgeon general’s words focused on people under the age of 24, Americans of all ages are struggling with mental health issues.

According to Jill Houghton, the CEO of the nonprofit and diversity consultancy Disability:IN, the surgeon general’s report underscores the need for business leaders to address the precarious state of their workers’ mental health.

“We have a real opportunity and responsibility in business to acknowledge that we are all touched by mental health,” Houghton told Insider. “Mental health is a disability issue, and we need to prioritize it.”
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