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The Cost of Employee Mental Health Issues and Lowered Employee Productivity

With nearly one-third of adults having a diagnosable mental health disorder, the need for effective, managed care for mental health issues is more important than ever.1

If left untreated, undiagnosed or undertreated, mental health issues can drive up healthcare costs and lower employee productivity in the workplace. A managed behavioral healthcare program addresses employee mental health issues by integrating medical and behavioral healthcare to bring more positive outcomes at minimal cost.

Employee Healthcare Costs

Here's a quick look at the real cost of behavioral healthcare problems:

  • Employee mental health issues and substance abuse annually cost employers an estimated $80-$100 billion in indirect costs.2
  • Workplace employees with untreated mental health issues use non-psychiatric inpatient and outpatient services three times more than those receiving treatment.3

Impact on Workplace Productivity

Behavioral health problems also have a direct effect on workplace productivity:

  • Stress and anxiety cause more employees to be absent from work than physical illness or injury. 3
  • Employees with depression cost employers $44 billion annually in lost productive time. 4
  • Even when depressed employees are on the job, their reduced work productivity and performance has a greater effect on business than absenteeism.4

1 U.S. Census, "The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America"
2 National Business Group on Health, 2005
3Employee Benefits Journal, 2002
4 JAMA, 2003