Advocating Care and Compliance: Behavioral Health Issues and Return to Work

Tasha Patterson@Work

behavioral-healthBy Andrea J. Buhl, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

SVP, Clinically Integrated Medical Program

Mental health and its growing impact on the workforce is a constant concern. Physical illness, sleep, nutrition, addiction, and socioeconomic factors may all influence a person’s mental wellness and resilience. Deficiencies in mental health increase the risk of impact from other chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.1

A mentally healthy workforce also enjoys greater employee satisfaction and higher productivity. With a large percentage of the population affected — about 25% of U.S. adults have a diagnosable mental illness, and 50% will develop at least one in their lifetime2 — employers gain substantial returns from providing the right types of mental health programs to assist employees in managing issues such as stress and anxiety.

All stakeholders have important roles in addressing the issue of mental health and mental resilience. Healthcare providers must be diligent in screening and evaluating the mental health of their patients, and health plans must be designed and funded to support this function. Family practitioners are well-positioned to identify individuals who require intervention to improve their mental well-being.

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