National American University’s Mental Health Initiative: Personal Wellness Days


NAU’s Mental Health Initiative:

In an inspiring effort to promote good mental health and personal wellness, National American University (NAU) recently launched a new initiative: Personal Wellness Days. As part of National Mental Health Month, all NAU employees will now receive two extra days each year to focus on activities that rejuvenate the mind and body. Here’s a closer look at what this initiative entails and why it matters.

What Are Personal Wellness Days?

Personal Wellness Days are additional paid days off, separate from regular vacation or sick leave, specifically designed to prioritize one’s mental and physical health. These days empower employees to focus on self-care, relaxation, and rejuvenation.

Why Personal Wellness Days Matter:

Mental Health Matters: NAU recognizes that mental health is as crucial as physical health. Taking time off to recharge and focus on well-being can increase productivity, creativity, and overall job satisfaction.

Reducing Burnout: In today’s fast-paced work environment, burnout is a real concern. Personal Wellness Days allow employees to step back, recharge, and return to work with renewed energy.

Work-Life Balance: Whether it’s spending quality time with loved ones, pursuing hobbies, or simply relaxing, these days encourage a healthy work-life balance, benefiting both the individual and the organization.

NAU’s Commitment to Mental Health:

National American University has introduced additional paid time off for all staff to focus on their mental health and well-being. These extra days empower employees to prioritize self-care, relaxation, and rejuvenation, fostering a supportive work environment that values mental health alongside productivity.

NAU is committed to fostering a supportive environment where conversations about mental health are encouraged. By offering these Personal Wellness Days, the university aims to create a healthier, happier workplace.

Here’s how a few NAU leaders plan to use their days:

  • Gardening or visiting a garden that brings peace
  • Working on a hobby
  • Enjoying a massage and a good meal
  • Spending time in the Black Hills with their children

This initiative is just one of the ways NAU is prioritizing the well-being of its employees, acknowledging that taking care of oneself is not only acceptable but essential.


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