One in five U.S. adults experiences a mental health disorder each year. These 46.6 million adults struggle with conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, and substance use disorders, yet fewer than half receive treatment for their condition. The human cost of suboptimal therapy or lack of treatment for mental health disorders is profound and can result in social isolation, job instability, loss in productivity, increased disability, and worsening physical health.
For employers, the business impact is significant. Because individuals spend one-third of their time at work, employers are uniquely positioned to improve access to quality mental health services and thus improve mental health outcomes for their workforces. In this white paper we share extensive research underscoring the importance of employers to support the mental health of their employees and families.
- Ilene J. Klein, MD, FAAFP, Chief Population Health Officer, Healthstat
- Scott D. Pope, PharmD, Clinical Solutions Development, Healthstat
- Mark D. Williams, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic