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Why it's important to talk about mental health in the workplace

Workplace illnesses are not uncommon, which is why it's so important for employers to talk about the potential illnesses workers may be suffering from. One thing that is often overlooked is the prevalence of mental illness in the workplace. Stress, genetic factors and other issues lead to these illnesses.

Employees may not want to talk about mental illness with their bosses for fear of losing their jobs or having their relationships damaged. The problem is that if the illnesses aren't talked about, then mental health illnesses can go untreated or undiagnosed. It's a fact that around 85 percent of all employees with mental health illnesses are not treated or diagnosed, putting them at risk in the workplace.

Mental health conditions cost employers billions of dollars each year. It's believed they cost over $100 billion per year and result in 217 million lost workdays. Employers can help by investing in mental health care for their employees, which will in turn result in better productivity and employee retention.

While many mental health issues are not caused by workplace incidents, some people, due to stress, traumatic incidents, and other issues, do end up struggling with mental health conditions. It's important that they are able to receive the right care when it's needed.

If you've developed a mental health condition in the workplace, workers' compensation may cover your medical bills and other needs if you have to miss work. Mental illnesses can be as destructive to your life as any physical injury, so it's important that you're able to seek the medical care you need.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Why Employers Need To Talk About Mental Illness In The Workplace," Joseph Rauch, Aug. 19, 2016

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