The Silent Struggle: Mental Health and Employee Well-Being [Infographic]

We’re continuing our focus on Employee Well-Being in the Workplace for Mental Health Month with this infographic compiled by LifeWorks, an EAP that takes a holistic approach to employee assistance and well-being.

Many people feel uncomfortable admitting they struggle with managing emotions or living with mental health issues. Therefore, a lack of understanding of these common disorders causes them to feel unsure of how to talk about their feelings in a sensitive, productive way.

Mental Health America’s 2017 survey found one in five adults has a mental health condition. So chances are at least one your employees is struggling silently.

The Impact of Mental Health on the Workplace

The infographic below looks at how mental health can cause poor physical health and lead to disengagement, high absenteeism and lowered productivity.

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights:

  • Depression, including anxiety and fatigue, is a predictor of heart disease
  • People who experience depressed thoughts show a 12 percent reduction in memory
  • Depression costs U.S. workplaces $23 billion in absenteeism
  • The economic burden of depression in the U.S. costs an estimated to be $210.5 billion per year
  • 42 percent of adults said they are not doing enough, or aren’t sure whether they’re doing enough to manage their stress

How Can Organizations Support Employee Well-Being?

Check out the full infographic below to learn more about how your business can create a supportive and positive workplace. And take steps to improve employee well-being.


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How do you address mental health in your workplace? Share in the comments below.



Jennypher Doan

A self-professed knowledge junkie with a profound respect for the written word, Jennypher Doan guides Content Strategy for Switch & Shift. Inspired by the incredible creative energy that permeates life in Silicon Valley, she combined the analytical skills honed in the science lab with her natural interest in business and technology to leap from biotech to software sales and ultimately, entrepreneurship. Powered by her daily cup of iced Vietnamese coffee, Jennypher's antenna is always tuned into the most current trends and topics discussed in today's social world. Connect with Jennypher on LinkedIn.

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