May is Mental Health Month

Depression affects both the physical and mental wellbeing of individuals. Approximately 1 in 10 people will deal with depression at some time in their life according to the CDC. Depression is estimated to cause 200 million lost workdays each year costing employers $17 – $44 billion.

Depression in the workplace can show up in employees in a variety of ways such as decreased productivity, poor quality work, missed deadlines, tardiness, indecisiveness, accidents on the job, procrastination and changes in work-related relationships.

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is an excellent resource for employees. If an EAP is part of the benefits package, be sure it is promoted so that employees know how to access. There are some other excellent free resources available for employers and their employees:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Phone Number: 1-800-273-8255

Promote awareness and make sure your employees know where to go for help.

Sources:

www.rightdirectionforme.com

https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/health-strategies/depression/index.html

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Diane is the Wellness Consultant for J.W. Terrill. Diane is a registered and licensed dietitian and certified health coach with over 20 years experience in the wellness field.

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