Accepting Digital Solutions for Workplace Mental Wellness

The situation of mental health in the United States is worrying, with 20% of Americans suffering from a mental disease each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental disease. Anxiety disorders appear to be particularly frequent, yet the gap between those who require care and those who receive it remains large. In 2021, just 42% of adults with mental illnesses received treatment, while 10.6% had no insurance coverage at all. The average delay in seeking care is 11 years after the onset of symptoms.

This delay and reluctance to seek help are especially problematic in the workplace, potentially hurting productivity and overall employee well-being. Employees with mental illnesses are often less able to concentrate, multitask, and fulfill deadlines.

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The reasons for avoiding treatment highlighted by Sapien Labs in the Mental Health Million Project ring true in the professional context: mistrust of the mental health system, a lack of knowledge about where to seek help, a preference for self-help, financial constraints, stigma. This frequently results in an unhappy loop in which employees’ fear of judgment or incapacity to seek help impairs their performance, which worsens their health.

Misinformation about mental health is a big contributor to workplace silence on these concerns. Many employees believe that disclosing to mental health issues shows weakness, fearing criticism from peers or repercussions in their careers. Only one in every five employees says they feel entirely safe discussing their mental health with their coworkers.