Mental health conditions don't evaporate the moment someone walks into their office, but openly discussing mental health issues at work is still considered taboo. Many people hide their conditions out of fear that they'll be held back professionally. But this can exacerbate the problem -- and not just for the employee. Emotional health plays a significant role in a person's work performance, and that could make a difference in a company's bottom line. Below are several stats that prove more employers should make healthy minds a priority in the workplace:
The approximate number of days of reduced productivity every three months for an individual with depression.
The approximate total amount that serious mental illnesses cost the U.S. in lost earnings per year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Serious mental illnesses include conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The estimated number of work days missed every three months for an individual with depression.
The approximate annual loss in earnings for a person with a serious mental illness, according to a 2008 report published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
The estimated total number of lost workdays per year due to depression.
The percent of people who don't disclose an anxiety condition to their employers, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Some cited reasons include a fear of professional repercussions and a fear of being seen as "weak."
The 2010 disability-adjusted life years ranking of neuropsychiatric disorders, making these disorders the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Neuropsychiatric issues include mental health conditions like depression and neurological disorders like epilepsy.
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