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Bipolar: What it Means for Employers

Life can be full of ups and downs, but for people with bipolar disorder, the ups and downs are often severe. Bipolar disorder causes extreme shifts in mood, sleep, energy and ability to function at home and at work. Although bipolar disorder can significantly impact productivity and performance, with access to effective treatment, people can do quite well.

Improving Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Care

While employers are making mental health a priority, there remain challenges when connecting employees to care and addressing the increasing healthcare costs for those with co-occuring mental health and medical conditions. Employees also face obstacles in locating and accessing timely and effective mental health and substance use treatment. This led the Center for WPMH and the APA to join forces in developing Recommendations for Improving Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Care.

Caregiver Testimonial: Five Practical Steps for Employers to Support Employees Who Are Caregivers

Millions of working Americans serve as caregivers and care managers for a loved one living with a mental health condition, placing tremendous stress and added responsibility to their everyday lives. Mental health advocate and Executive Director of The Living Assistance Fund, Monica Luke tells her story about how her role as a caregiver for her son impacted her work and how her employer supported her through her journey.

Collaborative Care: Paying for What Works

When people aren't feeling well, they typically visit their primary care office. It is a familiar setting and if specialty care is needed, a referral is provided. The same should also be true for mental health conditions like depression, substance use disorders and anxiety. Yet, getting a referral for specialty mental health care can be challenging and many who get a referral do not access care.

Depression: A Costly Condition for Businesses

Why are more employers focusing on workplace mental health? Because they recognize it is costly to ignore. Depression costs employers an estimated $44 billion each year in lost productivity. About half of employees with depression are untreated. Yet with proper treatment, people with depression can get better. The key is to help employees access effective care.

Why Addressing Workplace Stress Is Important for Employers

The demands and challenges of work can result in high stress for some employees, which, in turn, can be costly for employers. Employers can address and reduce work stress by focusing on prevention, intervention and support.

Workplace Bullying: Employers Can Take Steps to Stop It

Bullying may seem like an issue that only kids encounter; however, it's an issue becoming far more relevant in the workplace. When employers don't address workplace bullying, they could see higher healthcare costs and absenteeism.

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