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How Employers Can Help Workers with their Mental Health

Apr 23, 2020

Key Takeaways

  • We are likely to see a spike in mental health cases due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Read two case studies on how to create an outcomes-based mental health program.
  • Learn how employers can influence safer and more efficient treatment.


Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults lives with a mental illness.1 However, most Americans don’t seek treatment due to issues such as continued societal stigma of a mental health diagnosis and lack of access to mental health professionals.


Chart that shows nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults lives with a mental illness and that 43% seek treatment.


We’re likely to see an even bigger spike in mental health cases due to anxiety and stress caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). In fact, Chinese Psychology Society found that 42.6% of Chinese citizens tested positive for anxiety related to the coronavirus epidemic.2

Mental health disorders are key drivers of workplace absences in the United States, resulting in millions of lost work days and billions in employer costs.3 To maintain profitability, employers will need to put programs and policies in place that support the needs of workers with mental health conditions, remove the stigma of mental illness, and create workplace flexibility to help workers safely return to work.


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To learn more, read Mental Health During COVID-19 and Other Events: How Employers Can Help Workers  PDF opens in a new window.



  • 1 National Institute of Mental Health, 2017. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness.shtml (accessed March 25, 2020).
  • 2 Business Insider, "Isolated and sequestered in their homes, Chinese citizens report anxiety and depression while on lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak," February 24, 2020. https://www.businessinsider.com/mental-health-issues-anxiety-depression-skyrocket-china-lockdowns-curb-coronavirus-2020-2
  • 3 CDC, “Mental Health in the Workplace,” 2019. https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/tools-resources/workplace-health/mental-health/index.html (accessed March 25, 2020).


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