Raising Mental Health Awareness To Increase Productivity At Work

We get it: work has to get done. But it can get done more effectively if your team is healthy. Burn out at work is the leading cause of lost workdays. Often mental health at work is overlooked, but it's a crucial component of employee health as well as for your business as a whole. Promoting wellness across the board in your organization will improve your business' performance, save you money in the long run, and can help your team to increase their productivity while feeling good about the work they do.

How common are mental health challenges in the workplace?

Mental health challenges are a lot more common than many people realize. They can also be invisible, unlike physical illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), almost one in five people over age 18 in the U.S. reported having a mental illness during 2016. When it comes to symptoms of stress, over 70% of adults reported having a stress symptom during the prior year. This includes feeling anxious and overwhelmed or having a headache.

Do mental health and physical health influence each other?

Our minds aren't completely separate from our bodies, and many people with mental health disorders also report physical illness and co-occurring conditions. Some of the co-occurring conditions that can occur include:

• Respiratory illness, including asthma and COPD

• Joint disorders including arthritis

• Allergies

• Heart disease

• Diabetes

• Cancer

The CDC also says that the cost of treating all of these co-occurring disorders is two to three times more than treating people who don't have combined physical and mental health challenges.

How does mental health affect businesses and employees?