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Mental Health Topics

Across every industry, field, and background, employers have an incredible opportunity to enhance the quality of life of employees and their families by addressing mental health through their benefits, programs, policies and workplace culture.

Browse our topic pages to gain insight into key areas at the intersection of mental health and the workplace and identify ways you can advance mental health at your company.

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AD/HD in Adults

In the U.S., adult ADHD accounts for more than 120 million lost workdays of productivity annually, with a human capital value of $19.5 billion.

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Alcohol Use Disorders

Excessive alcohol consumption costs the US $240 billion annually, and a vast majority—80%—of US adults who binge drink or drink heavily are either employed or are dependents of someone employed.

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Anxiety Disorders

Most people feel a little nervous before a big speech, a job interview, or a visit to the doctor. But in anxiety disorders, those feelings are crippling, extreme, and/or persistent.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder, a group of conditions that are manifested in early childhood.

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Bullying

Bullying used to be considered issue mostly impacting children. That’s no longer true. More and more adults report experiencing mistreatment and hostility at work, turning into a costly problem for employers.

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Caregiving

Millions of Americans provide care for family members at home who are aging or chronically ill, and this population is expected to grow as the number of older Americans is likely to double by the year 2030.

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Collaborative Care

Collaborative care is an effective integrated care treatment model that produces positive results. It provides holistic care by delivering both medical and mental health care in primary care settings.

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Depression

Depression, major depressive order, cost employers an estimated $44 billion per year in lost productive time. Fortunately, treatment has the potential to be highly effective. 

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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can be life-threatening and are often difficult to treat. When treatment is available, however, people with eating disorders can recover and successfully manage their illness.

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Employee Assistance Programs

Employee assistance programs (EAPs) provide a range of different assessments and services for addressing personal problems and concerns that interfere with employees’ well being and work performance.

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Improving Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Care

This topic article summarizes the Recommendations to Improve Access to Care. These recommendations were developed by the Center for Workplace Mental Health and the APA.

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Insomnia

Poor sleep is so widespread that it is often normalized in American society; inclusion of insomnia management into employee wellness programs can raise awareness about the seriousness of insomnia symptoms.

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Integrated Care

Because of fragmented care, general medical costs for treating people with chronic medical issues, as well as mental disorders, are two to three times higher than treating physical health conditions only.

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Opioid Disorders

Despite opioid analgesics such as oxycodone having helped revolutionize the management of chronic pain, this progress has become growing issue for employers concerned about the health and safety of their employees.

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Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

The impact of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety on the workplace, and how employees can share information and adequately support affected employees. 

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that occurs in people who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events such as natural disasters, serious accidents, terrorist incidents, war, or violent personal assaults.

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Suicide Prevention

While the burden of suicide is carried by the working-age population, most workplaces are relatively unprepared to help employees who are struggling with suicidal thoughts or to assist colleagues following the death of a co-worker by suicide.

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Violence in the Workplace

Though incidences of homicides in the workplace have consistently decreased in the past decade, the potential for violence is present in nearly every workplace setting.

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Workplace Stress

For most people, work can be both challenging and demanding. Meeting challenges can promote growth and increase resiliency for employees and organizations. However, demands and challenges may also result in high stress, which can be costly.

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