Wednesday, 17 June 2020 07:22

Protecting Your Employee's Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a physical health crisis – it is also a mental health crisis.

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on mental health has been widespread and takes many forms. Recent research shows that roughly 70 percent of Americans are currently experiencing moderate-to-severe mental distress (Twenge & Joiner 2020). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported a 900 percent increase in calls just last month.

Employees who experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety are proven to be less productive in the workplace. BenefitsPro reports that employers in America lose close to $225.8 billion annually to stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and other mental health issues.

To support your employees and maximize productivity, employers should proactively create awareness and share resources for mental health support available to them.

1) Explore the mental health programs available through your healthcare provider and/or Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits.

2) Educate your workforce on free resources available to assist them and their families.

We’ve compiled a list of several *FREE* resources below. Share these mental health and wellness resources with your employees as a reminder that you care about the impact of COVID-19 on their lives.