Nearly 80 percent of employers offer programs to promote the physical wellbeing of their employees. They may want to expand wellness programs to address depression and other mental health issues, based on a disturbing trend documented in a recent study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

“Every 20 minutes, someone commits suicide in the United States,” says Bert Alicea, licensed psychologist and vice president of EAP and Work/Life Services for Health Advocate Inc. in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. “Given that rate, there is a possibility of a suicide at your workplace.”

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