Employer Solutions: Early Mental Health Resources

DMEC Staff@Work

Providing Early Mental Health Resources Makes a Difference

Early Mental Health ResourcesBy Dr. Michael Lacroix

Medical Director
The Hartford

By Evelyn Marin

MSW, LCSW, Manager
Disability Clinical

While some conditions mandate an immediate absence from work (e.g., strokes or cardiac events), others build over time. Mental health conditions fall in the second category, and their development can often be disrupted by how employers and leave or health administrators handle mental health condition precursors.

Many MH conditions are triggered by stress. When employees face a sick family member or other crisis, many feel overwhelmed and unaware of their rights or the resources available from their employer. The first response is usually to figure out how to stay at work while handling the situation. This can actually pile on more stress, leading to a loss of effectiveness at work, or presenteeism. Studies have found that mental health issues disproportionally impact presenteeism.1

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