The ICU Program is an awareness campaign made especially for the workplace, designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and foster a workplace culture that supports emotional health. Developed by DuPont’s Employee Assistance Program, the ICU Program was delivered to each of their 70,000 employees worldwide. DuPont has since donated ICU to the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, who now makes it available to employers across all sectors, industries, and sizes, cost-free.
The ICU Program points out that just as people with a physical injury or illness may require help through an Intensive Care Unit, people with a psychological/emotional injury or illness may also require help from one another. Thus, “ICU” becomes “I See You.”
The ICU Program offers employers three steps to take in order to help those affected by mental health issues:
Identify the signs of distress.
Connect with the person experiencing distress.
Understand the way forward together.
Understanding the way forward together can be as simple as having a simple conversation with an employee in need, or using the mental health benefits and programs available through your organization.
The core component of the ICU Program is a five-minute video that teaches employees about emotional health and how to appropriately connect with distressed peers at the workplace who may need support. ICU is designed to be used in tandem with your organization's existing mental health and wellness programs - it does not replace them.
This guide provides an overview of the ICU Program and how it should be implemented in the workplace. It offers suggestions on planning, implementation, and measurement, as well as how to utilize other available ICU Program components.
Download the ICU Implementation Guide