Improving Workplace Mental Health through an Employee Assistance Program and Virtual Care
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Stress, mental illness and depression affect employees across the country. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 46 million adults in the United States have a mental illness. According to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), 16 million adults live with depression in the United States.
The Center for Prevention and Health Services says the costs of mental disorders in the workplace range from $79 to $105 billion annually. Beyond financial costs, when employees’ mental health isn’t cared for productivity also takes a hit. A Colonial Life study found that 20 percent of workers spend more than five hours on the clock each week thinking about their stressors. That’s a lot of employees affected and a lot of time worrying.
During Mental Health Awareness Month and all year-round, employers concerned about their employees’ mental well-being can remind employees to utilize their organization’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Employers can also provide information on virtual care (specifically behavioral health and stress reduction services) available through their organization’s health care provider.
An EAP program when combined with your medical offerings can keep your employees healthy in both body and mind.