ALEXANDRIA, Va. (March 26, 2013)—Mental Health America has developed new workplace wellnesswellness resources that are available to employees and employers in recognition of National Workplace Wellness Week, which occurs April 1-7.

Workplace Wellness: Why it Matters provides information on why businesses should support workplace wellness initiatives, myths about mental illness; resources on how to support an employee with a mental health condition; and more.

To view the resources, go to www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/workplacewellness

 “… These conditions tend to strike during our most productive working years, and they are among our nation’s most disabling. The numbers are staggering,” said Wayne W. Lindstrom, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. “Every year, mental illness and substance use cost employers an estimated $80 to $100 billion in direct costs.”

Current data support the case that employers benefit financially from paying more attention to their staff members’ mental health needs. The bad news is that mental health problems are prevalent. They can strike anyone regardless of age, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic status. Each year, in a typical office of 20 people, four will suffer from a mental health condition.

Mental health problems actually have better treatment outcome rates than the vast majority of common medical conditions. In fact, a growing body of research shows that employers’ costs due to employee mental health problems are far greater than just the costs on the mental health service bill.

“Mental health education efforts more than pay for themselves — in fact, they are a business necessity and offer a competitive advantage,” said Dr. Lindstrom.

 The importance of incorporating mental health into workplace wellness programs will be one of the topics of Mental Health America’s 2013 Annual Conference, Why Wellness Works: Breakthroughs and Pathways to Whole Health, June 5 – 8, 2013, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. 

For more information on the conference, go to www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/annualconference

For more information on Mental Health America, go to www.mentalhealthamerica.net