No business is too big or too small to feel the economic impact of untreated mental illness. The economic price tag of mental illness in the workplace is skyrocketing.  A recent report puts the price at up to $80 billion in the United States. This figure includes medical costs, costs from lost productivity due to long-term and short-term disability, and costs to quality of life.

Mental illnesses have surpassed heart disease as the fastest-growing, costliest disabilities in the country.

Early intervention and treatment makes dollars and “sense.” For example, when workers get early access to treatment, companies can save $5,000 to $10,000 annually.

Getting an employee to treatment and thus cost-savings for the company is blocked by the ugly face of the stigma attached to mental illness. Many people don’t get treatment out of fear it will affect their job security if their employer knew they had a mental illness. Combating stigma should be a top priority for companies. How?  First and foremost is to send a clear message to all employees that non-discrimatory practice applies to employees who have a mental illness. The company should make it clear it considers mental illness no different than a physical illness in how an employee should be treated in the workplace.


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09/13/2015 5:09am

Mental illness is becoming a huge problem. People are getting more and more depressed and stressed and thus becoming victims of the mental disease. People feel shameful in telling anyone about the mental diseases and insecure and thus it gets worst. People should be made to realize that it is not a shameful thing it is a problem like other diseases.

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02/07/2017 6:37am

The reason why the case of mental illness increases among the employees is the fact that it remains untreated. It's easy to fire an employee if the employers knew that his employee has a mental illness, regardless if it's mild or not. An employee would choose to keep it so that he'll still have his job in his hands. This situation is making me sad. How I wish employers have deeper understanding about this case.

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06/16/2017 7:47pm

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06/16/2017 7:47pm

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06/16/2017 7:48pm

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