Strong Minds at Work

DMEC Staff@Work

Strong Minds at Work: A Mental Health Program Development Resource

Strong Minds at WorkMental health disorders, including substance misuse disorders, are the leading cause of disability worldwide,1 and this problem is not trending in the right direction. From 2005 to 2015, depression increased 18.4% and anxiety increased 14.9% globally.1 Only 40% of U.S. adults with depression receive treatment.2

In short, mental illness may well be the single most significant drain on productivity among U.S. workers. This is not a surprise to U.S. employers, who have invested heavily in employee mental health through employee assistance programs (EAPs), mental health parity in health plans, wellness programs, and other resources. In the 2016 DMEC Behavioral Health Survey, 86% of participating employers stated that workplace mental health and associated risk is an important area of concern.3

Strong Minds at Work: The 2019 Unum Mental Health Report, highlights current strengths in employer strategies for employee mental health and opportunities needing attention.

The report4 is based on three surveys examining workplace mental health in the experience of 1,850 U.S. employed adults, 500 working adults with a mental health diagnosis, and 268 human resources (HR) professionals recruited through DMEC.

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