Instant Insights / Mental Health Awareness Month

Employee mental health is becoming an important issue for employers, and one of the ways to help workers is through their employee benefits packages. Here we look at trends, build awareness, and share ideas for benefits managers and brokers.


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Smiley face balls Behavioral health benefits top the list of priorities for job hunters: 39 percent of the respondents say the ability to participate in a corporate wellness program would be one of the most critical benefits. (Photo: Shutterstock)

While a certain amount of stress on the job can be healthy and can even boost productivity, chronic stress can take a toll on workers—though many employer programs don’t provide access to simple-to-use behavioral health services, according to Ginger’s 2019 Workforce Attitudes Towards Behavioral Health Report.

Ginger, which provides on-demand behavioral health services via an app, partnered with Dimensional Research to survey 1,214 U.S. workers, and found that 83 percent of workers experience stress on a regular basis, and 45 percent of workers under 40 experience “extreme stress” on a daily basis. Half of the workers surveyed missed at least one day of work per year due to behavioral health challenges.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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