Supporting Workplace Mental Health through Telehealth and an EAP
We understand life has changed and organization’s team members may be spending more time at home. From balancing family obligations to reliving stress and balancing the workday, the sudden change to remote work has impacted everyone. Staying healthy at home has never been more important, including the need for individuals to take care of their mental health.
Stress, mental illness and depression affect employees across the country. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 46 million adults in the United States have a mental illness.
The Center for Prevention and Health Services says the costs of mental disorders in the workplace range from $79 to $105 billion annually— this cost does not factor in a crisis such as the recent pandemic. Beyond financial costs, when employees’ mental health isn’t cared for productivity also takes a hit. A Colonial Life study found that 20 percent of workers spend more than five hours on the clock each week thinking about their stressors. That’s a lot of employees affected and a lot of time worrying. During the COVID-19 pandemic stress can be compounded because of all the unknowns.
During Mental Health Awareness Month (May) and all year-round, employers concerned about their employees’ mental well-being can remind employees to use their organization’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Employers can also provide information on telehealth services (specifically behavioral health and stress reduction services) available through their organization’s health care provider.
An EAP program when combined with your medical offerings can keep your employees healthy in both body and mind.