Mental Illness Is Costing Corporations >$80 Billion Annually
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Direct costs: healthcare premiums, medications, short & long term disability
- Each year, 217 million workdays are partially or completely lost due to mental illness
- Mental illness and substance disorders are the 3rd leading cause of long-term disability and the 5th leading cause of short-term disability
Indirect costs: absenteeism, presenteeism, slower return to work, employee turnover, training costs
- Lost productivity “presenteeism” is responsible for most of this cost ($63 billion)
- Mental illness causes more days of work loss than arthritis, back pain, diabetes, and heart disease
 Finch, R. A. & Phillips, K. (2005). An employer’s guide to behavioral health services. Washington, DC: National Business Group on Health/Center for Prevention and Health Services.
 National Business Group on Health: An Employer’s Guide to Behavioral Health Services, 2010.
 National Alliance on Mental Illness, The High Costs of Cutting Mental Health, Jan. 2010.
 Kessler, R. C., Greenberg, P. E., Mickelson, K. D., Meneades, L. M., & Wang, P. S. (2001). The effects of chronic medical conditions on work loss and work cutback. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 43(3), 218-225.