THE BUSINESS CASE
Mental health conditions cost an estimated $201 billion in 2013, significantly outpacing heart disease, cancer and diabetes. At the same time, every $1 investment in mental health promotion has a $3 to $5 return on investment. There are significant economic implications of America’s currently high levels of absenteeism, presenteeism and lost productivity resulting from mental disorders. Additionally, having a mental health condition such as depression significantly increases the likelihood of developing other physical conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease, resulting in even greater healthcare costs.
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All health issues affect work performance and productivity. While close attention is paid to physical issues, my research shows that many mental health issues remain undiagnosed and untreated, and often when treated, that treatment is not optimal. While the human and family impact cannot be calculated, the financial costs incurred in the workplace through avoidable absenteeism, presenteeism and disability can be estimated, and they are large.”