Candice Porter is executive director of screening for Mental Health, responsible for the strategic direction of the organization and overseeing program development, technology, marketing and communications, development and financial growth and operations. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker and has more than a decade of experience working in public and private settings. She holds a master of social work from the State University of New York at Albany and a bachelor of arts in psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Candice is a member of the Will to Live Foundation board of directors and is an executive committee member of Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention. She also serves on the Workplace Taskforce under the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The group seeks to provide a compelling business case that offers solutions, provides support for employers and motivates them from inaction to the implementation of a comprehensive, public health approach to suicide prevention, intervention and “postvention” in the workplace.
American adults working full time spend an average of 47 hours per week at their workplace (Gallup 2013). For those dealing with a mental health issue or thoughts of suicide, employers have an important opportunity to create safeguards to protect those who may be at risk. There are many reasons why an employee may keep […]
Mental health and substance use disorders are common in the U.S., affecting millions each year. While these illnesses are serious and often recurring, they are treatable. Prevention programs, early intervention and screenings are important and necessary parts of treatment and recovery. Workplace programs to prevent and reduce substance use among employees can be especially effective. […]
In America, 30 million people will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their life. With statistics this high, it is likely that someone you know, or perhaps even you, has struggled with this mental health issue. Family members, friends and even coworkers can struggle with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Despite their prevalence, […]
There is a silent epidemic taking a toll on the American workforce. This illness affects 9.5% of the adult population and is to blame for 200 million lost workdays each year. Those lost workdays cost employers an estimated $17 billion to $44 billion. Despite these staggering statistics, only one-third of those affected by this common […]
As many employers offer wellness programs, they focus on increasing their employees’ physical health but often neglect to offer any mental health component to their wellness programs. If employers do offer a mental health component to their wellness programs, the focus is usually on depression, the most common mental health issue. Yet, there is a prevalent mental […]
One of the most undertreated and misunderstood mental illnesses in the workplace is depression. The mood disorder is more than a passing feeling and is a major—but treatable—illness. Depression affects all walks of life and even a formerly outstanding employee can be affected. No job title, organization, or personality type is immune. It is likely […]