Mental Health Month: Facts of the Day

Mental Health and the Workplace

  • One in four people report they’ve missed work as a result of work-related stress.
  • Workplace environments have a greater effect on employee stress levels than the number of hours employees work.
  • Seventy-five percent of visits to doctors’ offices concern stress-related ailments.
  • Chronic stress can double a person’s risk of having a heart attack.
  • Stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide.
  • In a typical workplace with 20 employees, four will likely develop a mental illness this year.
  • Mental health conditions are the second leading cause of workplace absenteeism.
  • People who have untreated mental health issues use more general health services than those who seek mental health care when they need it.
  • More than three out of four employees who seek care for workplace issues or mental health problems see substantial improvement in work performance after treatment.
  • Untreated and mistreated mental illness costs the United States. $105 billion in lost productivity each year, and U.S. businesses foot up to $44 billion of this bill.

from the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas/NMHA

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