Mental health word cloud If anemployer doesn't understand the cycle of behavioral healthconditions, it can make the situation worse for the employee.(Photo: Shutterstock)

People often spend more time with their co-workers than they dowith their actual families. And sometimes these co-workers becomean employee's "work family." Family often notices when amember is suffering from a behavioral health condition, such as amental health or substance use problem, and the work family is nodifferent. While behavioral health was once seen as a taboo topic,it is important to discuss it — both at work and outside of it.

Nearly 1in 5 U.S. adults live with a mental illness. Statisticallyspeaking, encountering behavioral health conditions in theworkplace — and in life — is inevitable. However, how employerschoose to understand and address these conditions is what matters.While behavioral health conditions used to be judged andmisunderstood, more employers want to provide the support theiremployees need.

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