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Awareness and activity around mental health has been growing in the past several years, and never more so than each May during Mental Health Awareness month. This is a great time for employers to consider whether their mental health strategy, benefits and support systems are fit for purpose. One in five adults in the U.S. will suffer from a mental health condition during his or her lifetime.

The impact of mental health on the workplace has real-time effects on every employee, from absenteeism to presenteeism to lower productivity, and has repercussions on their wellness and life outside of work. U.S. employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion each year due to employee stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions.

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