Today, depression is the number-one cause of medical disability among Americans age 14 to 44, with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting it as the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. And, the issue is growing with more than 300 million Americans living with depression, a number that has increased 18 percent between 2005 and 2015. It is estimated one in five American adults experience mental health problems in any given year. In addition to the harmful impact on individual lives and families, the financial repercussion in terms of lost productive hours and benefits to employers is colossal.
Balancing how to support your workforce while still managing your business is a challenge employers need to address. The answer is a comprehensive approach to mental health that includes exercising your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), creating protocols that engage parties in conversations early and on an ongoing basis, and understanding when the organization has been “triggered” to enter into the Interactive Process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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