Brain in hand If mental health issuch a pressing issue and EAPs are part of the solution, why arethey often not as effective as they could be?

Workplace mental health issues often go unreported andunnoticed. The cost to employee health and employer productivity, however, can be everybit as substantial as that caused by physical illness.

"When a person is experiencing a personal issue outside of work,it often spills over into the workplace and influences otheremployees' productivity and morale," says Bert Alicea, executivevice president of EAP+Work/Life Services for Health Advocate inPlymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. The company offers a range ofemployee assistance programs (EAPs) and wellness benefits.

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