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VSCPA expands focus on CPAs’ mental health

January 24, 2022

For Immediate Release

Tina Bates, VSCPA 
(804) 612-9416  
[email protected]
Twitter: @vscpanews 

Richmond (Jan. 24, 2022) — The Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) continues to support the mental well-being of Virginia Certified Public Accountants (CPA) by offering programs and resources to help professionals focus on the importance of self-care and cultivating positive workplaces.

As the pandemic enters a third year, CPAs and their employers are grappling with staff burnout and other mental health challenges. For CPAs in public accounting, two particularly difficult tax seasons — and another on the horizon — also make it clear that mindful leadership is needed.

The VSCPA launched its mental health series last year with a Mental Health Virtual Summit — a free half-day event focused on leading a culture of wellness, fostering gratitude, recognizing signs of depression and anxiety, and managing stress. The second annual Summit was held January 21 with nearly 300 participants.

On March 4, the VSCPA will offer a Mental Health First Aid Training at its office in Richmond in partnership with Henrico Mental Health & Developmental Services to educate participants on how to recognize and help others who are developing a mental health problem or crisis. 

“We continue to hear from CPAs and firm leaders that mental health remains a huge priority, and we are committed to offering educational opportunities and other resources to provide guidance and support our members’ well-being during these challenging times,” says VSCPA President & CEO Stephanie Peters, CAE. 

The VSCPA Mental Health & Wellness Resource Center contains learning opportunities, a mental health toolkit, articles, checklists and more. The free toolkit includes mental health tips for leaders, such as:

  • Be vulnerable and model health behaviors.
  • Lead with compassion during this time of uncertainty.
  • Eliminate the stigma.
  • Intentionally check in with colleagues and create a culture of connection.
  • Respond supportively to employees who are struggling.
  • Share company resources for mental health and encourage their use.
  • Brush up on your company’s benefits and policies.
  • Provide mental health first aid training.
  • Create easy ways for team members to reach out.

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ABOUT THE VSCPA

The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) is the leading professional association in the Commonwealth dedicated to empowering CPAs to thrive. Founded in 1909, the VSCPA has more than 13,500 members who work in public accounting, corporate finance, government and education. For more information about the VSCPA, visit vscpa.com, email [email protected] or call (804) 612-9416. Connect with us on Facebook: Facebook.com/VSCPA Twitter: @VSCPANews and Instagram: @VSCPA. To search for a CPA in your geographic region, visit vscpa.com/FindaCPA.