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Megatrends in Mental and Behavioral Health

At any given time, one of every five workers is experiencing personal problems serious enough to interfere with job performance.

These employees cost businesses an average of:

  • 1/3 of their salaries in lost productivity
  • Have up to 16 x more absenteeism
  • 4 x more on- and off-the-job accidents
  • Account for 3.5 x more health benefit claims than other workers

Depression is more prevalent than once thought! Consider these facts:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that the future will bring a dramatic increase in mental health problems, calling it "a crisis of the 21st century."
  • Depression affects 19 million Americans per year (nearly 10 percent of the population), roughly ten times its prevalence just fifty years ago. Despite the fact that depression is both the most common and the most highly treatable of any mental health diagnosis (more than 80 percent who seek treatment find relief), only one-third of depressed people seek help.
  • Recent WHO statistics cite depression as the leading cause of death and disability in America. Untreated depression is as costly as heart disease or AIDS, costing the U.S. economy almost $42 billion in absenteeism and decreased productivity.

Family issues and personal needs account for more than 60 percent of unscheduled absences. Consider these facts:

  • 35 percent of workers have provided care for an older relative in the past year.
  • 82 percent of working caregivers came into work late or left early as a result of caregiving, and more than half have had to change their work schedules.
  • More than half of employees in a typical workforce will experience a significant legal or financial issue during any given year.
  • 70 percent of the population report NOT seeking needed legal counsel due to cost concerns.
  • Consumer debt reached $1.65 trillion in 2001 (a 465 percent increase since 1980), with the average household carrying a credit card debt of $8,562.
  • 45 percent of employees with families report significant conflict between their jobs and their families (up from 34 percent in 1977).

Stress is more damaging than once thought! Consider these facts:

  • A recent 20-year study concluded that unmanaged stress was a more dangerous risk factor for cancer and heart disease than either cigarette smoking or a high-fat diet.
  • Stress is said to be responsible for more than half of the 55 million workdays lost annually
  • Employees experiencing conflict between work and family demands are three times more likely to consider quitting.

The Aurora EAP can help! Consider these facts:

  • 70 percent of all cases are generally resolved within the EAP service models, resulting in significant savings for employers and employees.
  • 94 percent of employers agree that employees feel greater loyalty to companies that are willing to help them with personal problems.
  • Companies with Employee Assistance Programs report:
    • 21 percent fewer accidents
    • 35 percent reduced turnover
    • 59 percent lower absenteeism
    • 62 percent higher productivity
    • 68 percent increased morale