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22 Shocking Statistics About Mental Health in the Workplace

By Corinna Cornejo | Last updated: July 14, 2018
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From cost to access, there's a lot to consider about mental health in the workplace — and these 22 shocking statistics will give you a whole new perspective.

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Mental illness is more common that people realize

  • 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. will experience a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. —NIH

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  • 1 in 5 adults in Canada will experience a mental illness each year. —Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

  • 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. will experience a serious mental illness, one that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activity (including work), in any given year. —NIH

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  • 40% of Canadians report that their mental health has disrupted their lives. —Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

The most common mental health issues occur everywhere—even in the workplace

  • 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experience an anxiety disorder like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and specific phobias. —NIH

  • Nearly 7% of adults in the U.S. have experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year. —NIH

  • 50.5% of the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experience a substance use disorder also had a co-occurring mental illness. —SAMHSA

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  • Approximately 30% of people in the U.S. with a substance use disorder also have depression. —NAMI

Not tending to mental health can be costly

Stress at work

Mental health treatment works and it’s cost-effective

But not everyone gets the mental health treatment they need

  • Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services. —SAMHSA

  • African Americans and Hispanic Americans each use mental health services at about half the rate of Caucasian Americans. —SAMHSA

  • Asian Americans use mental health services at about one-third the rate of Caucasian Americans. —SAMHSA

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Written by Corinna Cornejo

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Corinna Cornejo is a marketing content writer and strategist who specializes in digital health, healthcare, and related topics.

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