Workforce mental wellness is a growing struggle for many employers.

Employee mental health is a broad and complex issue. And even though more than 90% of employers plan to increase investment in workforce mental well-being over the next 3 years, addressing mental wellness can be a daunting task.1

The impact of mental well-being is often underestimated. The percentage of adults with a mental illness who report unmet needs for treatment has increased every year since 2011.³

  • In 2019-2020, 1 in 5 US adults experienced a mental health condition
  • More than half of adults with a mental health condition receive no treatment
  • Mental health challenges are the leading cause of disabilities worldwide

Mental wellness challenges can come from a variety of sources.

Physical, financial, and emotional challenges can all contribute to declining mental wellness for employees and their families. For example, burnout, sleep disturbances, and substance use can all cause, and be symptoms of mental health issues. All of which can negatively impact an organization’s morale, culture, and growth.

Do you know how poor sleep impacts mental health?

Workforce mental wellness is a priority for today’s workplace. Especially as more employees are leaving their jobs for mental health reasons (both voluntarily and involuntarily).⁵

According to a recent survey, 91% of respondents believe that a company’s culture should support mental wellness.⁵

But with many companies increasing their investment in mental wellness, why are so many employees still dissatisfied?

To start, navigating mental wellness treatments can be frustrating and time consuming. In addition, many offerings are reactive, not proactive; only addressing issues in times of crisis.

  • Traditional mental health offerings average 5% utilization
  • Average waiting time for a first therapy appointment is typically 3+ weeks
  • Many common mental health issues are initially misdiagnosed

Want a deeper dive into workforce mental health? Our latest study, “Workforce State of Mind” can help you understand and respond to what’s happening within the employer mental wellness market.

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Employers agree that workforce mental health is a high priority, and for good reason.

Recent studies show that investing in workforce mental well-being can positively impact absenteeism, productivity, and medical costs.¹⁰

For every $1 invested in mental health, there is a return of investment of $4 from improved health and ability to work. That’s 300% ROI.¹¹

Learn the benefits of a dedicated mental wellness solution.

Not all workforce mental wellness solutions are the same. To achieve a positive impact, employers need a solution that will give them more support, like frequent and proactive outreach, personalized care plans and convenient access to resources.

That’s why Guardian has partnered with Spring Health to bring personalized mental wellness benefits to employees and their families.

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