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Think that stressed-out employees only exist in the U.S.? You might be surprised. Stress and related emotional health challenges such as depression and anxiety have become global issues. According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people around the world suffer from depression, making it the number-one cause of disability worldwide. In addition, more than 260 million people are living with anxiety disorders globally. And the global economic cost is significant, nearly $1 trillion (U.S.) dollars each year.

Support for and inclusion of emotional health programs within U.S. workplaces is growing. But how does that translate to multinational companies? Because of the nature of a global workforce, creating effective solutions can be significantly more complicated. Issues such as multiple languages, cultural relevance, lack of local mental health resources, privacy issues and stigma are just a few of the complications global employers face.

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