Across the health care system, treatment of mental health conditions has traditionally taken a back seat to physical health. The same is true for emotional well-being; for years, wellness programs have focused on behaviors like healthy eating, exercise and smoking cessation, and less so on improving the emotional state of the employee. But in recent years, mental health and emotional well-being have become increasingly important to health care providers, employers, health plans and, of course, employees.
The Business Group convened several leading employers and content experts focused on mental health and emotional well-being to identify top opportunities and barriers for improvement. This group identified four major trends in large employers addressing mental health and emotional well-being:
Many more challenges remain. Opioids and addiction. Autism. Wide variations in global attitudes toward mental health. Mental health parity compliance. High costs of care across the board.
The National Business Group on Health considers employee mental health and emotional well-being a top priority. Addressing challenges and barriers to effective, evidence-based mental health care services and positive emotional health must be a strategic priority for employers now and into the future. It’s not only the right thing to do, but will also save money for employers, employees and their dependents in the long term.
Employers who want to learn more about this topic can join us at the 2017 Employers' Forum on Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being in San Francisco, California, January 25-26, 2017.