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Associations Launch Programs to Provide Mental Health Support to Members

COVID brought mental health to the forefront for many organizations

With more attention on mental health and well-being in recent years, there have been a variety of resources offered by employers and public agencies. Associations are stepping up to the plate too: Recently, both the American Dental Association and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association (NYSSA) launched programs that provide mental health support to their members.

The ADA initiative, the Wellness Ambassador Program, aims to tackle the increased anxiety and stress its members are facing.

“Our 2021 Dentist Well-Being Survey Report indicates wellness topics are in need: 84 percent of dentists experience physical pain while working and anxiety has tripled,” said Hana Alberti, senior director of ADA’s Center for Dental Practice Policy, which oversees the Wellness Ambassador Program. “Member surveys show dentists lack consistent access to resources, therefore our goal is for these ambassadors to open dialogue at state and local levels.”

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