The COVID-19 pandemic has increased behavioral health conditions like depression, substance abuse and anxiety among workers across all ages, industries and positions. More than one in ten employees are suffering from serious mental illness, a significant increase since the pandemic began. It’s crucial that employers understand the effect the pandemic has had on employee behavioral health and the workplace.
To learn about the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on employee behavioral health, The Standard conducted the 2020 Behavioral Health Impact Update, a follow-up to our Behavioral Health Impact Study from 2019. Based on these studies and insights, we’ve created these resources to help employers better understand and respond to employee behavioral health.
Besides its effect on many employees’ physical health, the current COVID-19 pandemic has likely increased their stress, making the need to monitor mental health even more urgent.
Here’s an easy-to-print card with three things managers can ask about to see how employees are doing.
Our research showed that overall, employers are providing some benefits and services to address mental health issues. But the study also revealed these resources aren’t enough — and that employees don't feel supported or comfortable asking for help.
Our research shows that millennials, Generation X and baby boomers experience their mental health and substance abuse challenges differently in the workplace.
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