Mental Health problems

The combined indirect and related expenditures of mental illnesses, including costs of lost productivity, lost earnings, and societal costs, are estimated to total $148 billion (National Institute of Mental Health, 1999).

People diagnosed with depression have nearly twice the annual health care costs of those without depression.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health:

  • In the U.S. an estimated 22% of adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.
  • 4 of the 10 leading causes of disability in the U.S. are mental disorders.
  • 9.5% of U.S. adults suffer from a depressive disorder in a given year.
  • 13% or 19.1 million adults in the U.S. suffer from an anxiety disorder in a given year.

Substance Abuse
Drug Impact on the Job System:

  • 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a workplace accident.
  • 5 times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim.
  • 2.5 times more likely to have absences of eight or more days.
  • An extensive body of federally funded research shows that with treatment, primary drug use decreases by nearly half. In addition, reported alcohol and drug-related medical visits decline by more than 50%. National Treatment Improvement Evaluation Study, SAMHSA, 1999.

Stress on the Family System

  • One in five working parents has been a part of the sandwich generation during the past year – both raising children and caring for elderly relatives.
  • More than 22 million families provide some kind of unpaid, informal elder care.
  • 64% of caregivers in these families are employed full- or part-time.

Violence Impact on the Job System

Workplace violence costs U.S. companies an average of $4.3 billion annually.

  • The average incident costs $250,000
  • 39% of employees said that they had been verbally threatened in the past year.
    • 57% of these incidents involved co-workers
    • 17% of these incidents were an employee targeting his/her supervisor.

60% of respondents reported they had not suspected the aggressor had a potential for violence.

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