In a recent HRI survey, 43 percent of respondents covered by an employer said they want their employer to help them manage their mental health and well-being—on par with the share wanting help with physical health and well-being. Some employers are taking action by addressing the stigma surrounding mental health, integrating mental health services with primary care and other services, and improving access.
These severe cases could include the nearly 21 million individuals with employer coverage who have a mental illness accompanied by a chronic or complex chronic illness. These employees incur two to five times more in healthcare costs than employees with mental illness and no chronic conditions.
Health systems also are addressing access issues and the intersection of physical and mental well-being. Ninety-five percent of provider executives responding to a 2018 HRI survey said it is important to partner with mental health organizations and 59 percent said they plan to invest more in extended care teams, including mental health professionals, over the next five years compared to the previous five years.