“As Director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS), I am committed to supporting the mental health and overall wellbeing of our dedicated workforce. The last two years have been challenging. We have seen an increase in personal stress within our staff due to the pandemic, politics, hate-related violence and the increased demands of work due to staffing shortages, at a time when the need for services is greater than ever. The impact of these stressors on the mental wellness of our workforce is obvious and troubling. We cannot expect our staff to promote the wellness of the individuals and families we serve while ignoring the same for themselves.
I, along with each of DHS’s deputy directors, am excited to be partnering with NAMI Keystone PA to promote education and resources regarding mental health, encourage dialogue and increased openness in the workplace to promote support and understanding, and combat the negative impact of stigma that grows out of fear and lack of information.
In addition, I pledge to support existing wellness activities within the Department and to appoint dedicated staff to expand these opportunities in partnership with the already-robust CEOs Against Stigma planning group. Together, we can change the misperceptions of mental illness in the workplace and promote a culture of transparency, education, and wellbeing.”
Erin Dalton – Director / Allegheny County Department of Human Services