Mental Health in the Workplace
“It’s an illusion to say that some people have mental illness and others don’t. The truth is, we’re all in a position where we’re a little bit sad, anxious, inattentive, naughty, or quirky. All of us at one point or another have experienced behavioral health issues,” says Hudziak.
Employers are taking notice. According to Willis Towers Watson’s September 2018 survey, employers are prioritizing mental and behavioral health investments. “39 percent of employers offer initiatives to support chronic behavioral health conditions, and 26 percent are considering these initiatives for 2020.”
One such employer is CHG Healthcare. They’ve been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work for nine years in a row, and rose to the top three the same year they onsite health center. When three out of five health center visits were behavioral health-related, they decided they needed to add onsite behavioral health services.
“Our onsite behavioral health providers build crucial relationships with our people and provide an immediate resource when our people need it most. The response has been so strong with our employee population,” says Anne Hopkins, senior manager of benefits and wellness at CHG Healthcare.
Sheetz, a privately held convenience store chain, saw the need for integrating mental health services into their healthcare plan after costs for mental healthcare continued to increase.
“Three of our top 25 prescriptions relate to behavioral health. It was clear that this needed our attention and that our traditional telephonic EAP solution was underutilized,” says Bill Young, director of total rewards, talent acquisition and risk management at Sheetz.
To learn how Sheetz incorporated behavioral health services into their onsite health center, read our earlier blog “It’s time to make mental health in the workplace actionable.”
Supporting Workforce Mental Health
Making behavioral healthcare easy, accessible, and affordable is essential to tearing down the barriers to care. Worksite mental healthcare is a valued employee benefit that acknowledges our brain is constantly under construction. Your workforce needs help building healthy brains, healthy habits, and healthy lives. Worksite mental healthcare can get them there.