Mental Health in the Workplace: Providing Help as Needed

08:00 30 April in Business, Diagnosis, Health
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Mental health conditions will affect almost everyone at some point in their life, whether experienced directly or through a friend, family member, co-worker or colleague. One in four people around the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, with around 450 million people currently suffering from such conditions. An estimated 300 million people globally are affected by depression, the leading cause of disability worldwide, with more women affected by the disorder than men. A recent World Health Organization-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion (USD) each year in lost productivity. Workplaces that promote mental health and support people with mental health conditions are more likely to increase productivity, reduce absenteeism and benefit from associated economic gains.

  • 71% of impacted workers never reached out for help
  • Employees suffering from depression/stress have health expenditures that are 70% and 46% higher than their healthier counterparts

 

With nearly 28 million workers experiencing a mental health disorder, employers bear a substantial portion of these direct costs. In regards to indirect costs, one study found that employees suffering from depression missed an average of 4.8 work days and suffered 11.5 days of reduced productivity over a three-month period.

Adequate mental health treatment brings with it hope and efficacy. One particular study found that after only three weeks of mental health treatment, the number of employees suffering from a diagnosable mental illness decreased by 50 percent, with the same studying indicating that a little over four months of mental health treatment resulted in 75 percent of employees no longer experiencing any work-related impairment. Another study found that employees who completed at least one session with a mental health provider reported decreased absenteeism and a significant improvement in both productivity and overall mental health.

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WorldCare Mental Health, a new medical second opinion (MSO) service available globally, provides members and their designated physicians with the guidance needed to make optimal mental healthcare decisions. WorldCare Mental Health provides members with access to the world-class psychiatric expertise of The WorldCare Consortium® hospitals, who have access to over $4 billion in annual biomedical research funding. A multi-disciplinary MSO of the underlying medical condition by a team of sub-specialists from one of the top-ranked hospitals of The WorldCare Consortium® is spearheaded by a senior psychiatrist at the WorldCare Consortium® facility. The senior psychiatrist provides diagnostic clarification, confirming or modifying the diagnosis based on the latest clinical research, and delivers psycho-pharmacotherapeutic guidance based on the most advanced medical breakthroughs, along with suggestions around counseling interventions and other locally-available therapies.

WorldCare Mental Health provides members and their treating physicians with comprehensive engagement, ensuring the most important and pressing issues are addressed. Crucial top-level guidance allows treating physicians to help members in deciding the best pathway for treatment and recovery. Leveraged knowledge and access to leading WorldCare Consortium® psychiatrists, including a team of over 150 psychiatrists with long-standing telepsychiatry experience from Massachusetts General Hospital, provide members with peace-of-mind, knowing their diagnosis is correct and that the treatment pathway they have chosen is the most efficacious based on the most state-of-the-art medicine.

If you are interested in learning more about this world-class service, or if you would like to offer your clients and/or employees access to the WorldCare Mental Health as an employer, insurer, broker or TPA, please contact us today by emailing connect@worldcare.com.

 

Sources: https://www.benefitnews.com/opinion/addressing-behavioral-health-in-the-workplace
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15068103
http://workplacementalhealth.org/Mental-Health-Topics/Depression/Quantifying-the-Cost-of-Depression
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db07.htm

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