Mental Health in the Workplace: Executive Summary

Tasha PattersonWhite Papers

The statistics and research findings are compelling: Approximately 1 in 5 people is dealing with a mental health situation on a daily basis, and studies show that people with depression have a 2.5 times higher risk of on-the-job injury.

Many companies continue to struggle with the best ways to address behavioral health issues in the workplace, including managing absenteeism and presenteeism, driving down medical costs and related costs for these issues, and supporting employees in distress.

Recognizing the importance of addressing these concerns, DMEC, Pacific Resources, and Sedgwick convened three panels of experts and facilitated a collaborative preconference workshop before the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference in New Orleans.

This executive summary provides an overview of the key presentations and discussions held during the DMEC conference, including:

  1. Building the business case to address mental health and well-being and create a culture of health in the workplace;
  2. Acknowledging and addressing the mental health stigma in a company’s culture to ensure mental health and well-being programs generate meaningful outcomes; and
  3. Implementing effective programs to address mental health in the workplace and improve the employee experience and engagement.