When an employee experiences a mental health challenges or mental illness, it is likely their production at work may be impacted. Taking care of a loved one experiencing mental health challenges also impacts the productivity of an employee as well. It is beneficial to an employer to recognize that mental health challenges exist in the workplace, and to take action to support their personnel by nurturing a culture of acceptance, support and care, so that people feel they can get the help they need without shame, discrimination, fear of losing responsibilities or their job.
By the numbers
Mental health and substance abuse cost US businesses between $80 and $100 billion annually.
Serious mental illness costs America up to $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.
Depression is thought to count for up to 400 million lost work days annually.
Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year in lost productivity.
To learn more about how you can create a mental health-friendly workplace, contact Suzanne Weete at firstname.lastname@example.org.