Mental Health Resource Center for CPAs
As CPAs are working to adjust their business operations and serve and advise clients/colleagues during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, the MTCPA has compiled a variety of mental health resources to assist employees and managers alike.
How to Cope with Job Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Workplace Mental Health Tools and Resources
Center for Workplace Mental Health
The Center for Workplace Mental Health provides provides employers the tools, resources and information needed to promote and support the mental health of employees and their families.
COVID-19: Mental Health and Well Being
Montana COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Resources
Montana Crisis Text Line: text “MT” to 741741 Available 24 hours every day if you are experiencing anxiety, depression, suicide or school stressors.
Montana Warm Line: 877-688-3377 Available Monday-Friday 8 AM to 9 PM and Saturday 12 PM to 9 PM for phone support delivered by trained individuals for people with mental illness.
NAMI Montana Helpline Resources
NAMI’s affiliates hold a variety of support groups in their communities. The Connections support groups are facilitated by individuals who live with severe mental illness for people who live with severe mental illness. There are also family support groups facilitated by family members of people who live with mental illness for family members of people who live with severe mental illness.
If you are in a severe life-threatening crisis, please call or text 988 or otherwise contact your local law enforcement and emergency medical services.
Montana 211 connects you to non-emergency resources and assistance across Montana. Call 211 to reach them.
- Mental Health Stigma: It's Time to Start Listening and Stop Judging (Everyday Health)
- How Employee Mental Health Impacts the Finance, Marketing, Healthcare, and Technology Industries: Facts and Strategies
- How to Ask Prospective Employers About Mental Health Benefits (ASAE)
- What Makes a Mentally Healthy Work Culture (Psychology Today)
- 7 best practices for implementing a successful mental well-being strategy (Employee Benefit News)
- Employee Mental Health Continues to Be a Priority in 2022 (Associations Now)
- Protect staff’s mental health with true time off (Journal of Accountancy)
- Is Your Workplace Culture Creating Burnout? Five Questions to Ask (Associations Now)
- How CPAs and employers can support mental health (Journal of Accountancy)
- It’s a New Era for Mental Health at Work (HBR)
- 6 ways to deal with an anxious brain (Fast Company)
- These 4 Mental Health Red Flags Could Be Early Signs of Depression and Anxiety (Women's Health)
- Why Mental Health Days Matter—And How to Implement Them the Right Way (Associations Now)
- How Businesses Can Address Mental Health In The Workplace (Forbes)
- Small changes can be a big drain on mental energy (Journal of Accountancy)
- Disclosing a Mental Health Condition at Work (Online Counseling Programs)
- CFOs Need to Prioritize Employees’ Mental Health (CFO)
- Wellness Matters: Leadership skills to nurture mental health & well-being (ADP)
- Mental Wellness Support from a Surprising Source: Why and How to Prioritize Mental Health at Work (ADP)
- Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace (Associations Now)
- Signs you or a colleague could use mental health support (podcast | Journal of Accountancy)
- Advice for Pandemic-Fatigued Managers (ASAE)
- From paying workers to take vacation to on demand therapy: How companies are supporting employee mental health (CNBC)
- Setting boundaries can help you manage your mental health as you return to work — here’s how to do it (CNBC)
- Mental Health Starts at the Top (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
- Raise Your Mental Health Awareness (Psychology Today)
- In-Person Life is Exhausting: Post-Pandemic Socializing (Psychology Today)
- Nine Signs A Remote Employee Is Struggling With Stress Or Anxiety (Forbes)
- Stress and burnout: Tips for employees and employers (FM)
- Supporting Your Employees' Well-Being Through Aspirational Mental Health Care (Forbes)
- 6 tips for mitigating and recovering from burnout (Journal of Accountancy)
- How to Help an Employee with Anxiety (Entrepreneur)
- Mental Health & Well-being During & Beyond COVID-19: a Top Priority (WSCPA)
- 3 Tips to Recharge When Your Tank Is Running on Empty (WSCPA)
- When and How to Recommend Employees Seek Mental Health Help (Associations Now)
- Can we talk? 6 Ways to Be Open with Your Boss about Depression (Fast Company)
- How Organizations Can Help Staff Look After Their Mental Health (Associations Now)
- How Regular Exercise Can Boost Your Brain Health (Runners World)
- Am I OK? How to do a mental health check (USA Today)
- How organizations can help staff look after their mental health (Associations Now)
- 3 steps to stop remote work burnout (video | TED)
- Protecting Your Team's Mental Health (AICPA)
- Don't Shortchange Employee Well-Being When Planning Future Investments for the Business (Forbes)
- Managing Your Mental Health with Exercise During COVID-19 Pandemic (MTI Physical Therapy)
- It’s not that you don’t care. It’s that you’re mentally exhausted (Fast Company)
- How to Manage Stress (The Skimm)
- 5 ways to design a better mental health future for a stressed-out workforce (Fast Company)
- Should You Take a Mental Health Day? (USA Today)
- Serious Leaders Need Self-Care Too (HBR)
- How to Use Humor to Manage Stress (Psychology Today)
- Returning to work: Prioritizing mental health (Journal of Accountancy)
- Overcoming the Unexpected Consequence of Remote Work Nobody Mentions (WSCPA)
- When perfectionism becomes a problem (Journal of Accountancy)
- Promoting resilience helps firms and people in turbulent times (Journal of Accountancy)
- Minding the Other Pandemic (Insight/Illinois CPA Society)
- Why Zoom meetings really do leave you exhausted (Journal of Accountancy)
- Help Your Employees Manage Their Reentry Anxiety (HBR)
- Covid-Normal: Worker Stress, Work/Life Balance and Productivity Start to Stabilize (CPA Practice Advisor)
- Being An Agent of Change For Workplace Mental Health (Forbes)
- 9 podcasts that can help soothe your coronavirus anxiety (Vox)
- 4 ways to reduce anxiety and social isolation (Journal of Accountancy)
- How to Keep Your Sanity and Continue Liking Your Kids While in Isolation (WSCPA)
- How to Keep Your Body Healthy and Your Mind Sharp - Part 1 (WSCPA)
- How to Keep Your Body Healthy and Your Mind Sharp - Part 2 (WSCPA)
- Depression and the CPA (Journal of Accountancy)
- Tackling the Stigma of Mental health in the Accountancy Profession (Accountancy Age)
- Elements of an Effective Workplace Mental Health Strategy (Forbes)
- Imposters All Around (WSCPA)
Accounting and finance departments are hoping to diversify their workforce, especially with the ongoing shortages of young accountants joining the profession, but one segment of the population that's often left out of the discussion on diversity, equity and inclusion is "neurodiverse" or "neurodivergent" people.
Although stress in public accounting is unavoidable, especially during the busy season, excessive amounts can be dysfunctional for both individual CPAs and their firms. Prolonged exposure to high levels of stress can lead to psychological symptoms of depression and anxiety. Stress-related illnesses can decrease performance, generate health problems for individuals, increase group health premiums for organizations, increase absenteeism, and increase turnover. CPA firms can proactively address these stress-related costs by recognizing the drivers of the stress and tailoring responses accordingly.
Accounting ranked eighth out of nine industries with 23% of employees willing to discuss their mental health, a survey revealed.
Nearly three-quarters (71%) of accounting professionals globally want more from their employers when it comes to addressing their mental health needs as burnout remains a top concern, according to a report released Wednesday by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
It is widely understood that job stress can lower job satisfaction and performance while increasing feelings of stress and burnout. This is especially true in public accounting—a profession notorious for its high levels of job stress. For decades, employers have considered stress management an individual responsibility that employees should handle on personal time. Recent research suggests that there may be a more effective strategy. Active workplace interventions that help employees build resilience may help firms to effectively lower employees’ susceptibility to job stressors, retain valuable staff, and improve productivity. In fact, enhancing employee resilience levels can have a powerful protective effect against three common causes of job stress: role overload, role conflict, and role ambiguity.