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Supporting employee mental health: why employers should invest in prevention and early intervention
Workplace mental health

Supporting employee mental health: why employers should invest in prevention and early intervention

Investing in mental health solutions that reach members early can help build a more resilient organization.

BY 
The Headspace Team
Workplace mental health

Investing in mental health solutions that reach members early can help build a more resilient organization.

Supporting employee mental health: why employers should invest in prevention and early intervention

BY 
The Headspace Team

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For employers, investing in preventive mental health measures isn't just an act of goodwill—it's a strategic decision that can yield substantial benefits for both employees and the organization. When employees have access to preventive mental healthcare, they are better able to manage their everyday well-being, helping reduce the need for more costly interventions later on. Through prevention and early intervention, companies can also build a more resilient workforce, improve company culture, and reduce costs. 

Building a resilient workforce

Just as we strengthen our muscles at the gym, it’s possible to strengthen our mental muscles to better support us through a stressful event or to help us stay present and engaged. By offering resources such as mindfulness courses, mental health coaching, therapy, psychiatry, and skill-building workshops, companies can help employees develop coping strategies and build resilience for when challenges arise.

Employee resilience leads to:

  • Increased productivity: Employees who are mentally healthy are more focused, efficient, and engaged with their work. In fact, a Headspace study showed that when employers implemented Headspace's on-demand mental healthcare offering, there was an average increase of 3 healthy mental health days per employee per month after one month of use
  • Reduced absenteeism and burnout: Preventive measures can lower the instances of mental health-related absences, ensuring that employees are present and active. According to one Gallup survey, workers with fair or poor mental health are estimated to have nearly 12 days of unplanned absences annually compared with 2.5 days for those who report good, very good, or excellent mental health.
  • Enhanced creativity and innovation: A mentally healthy workforce is more likely to be creative and innovative, driving the company forward.

Change company culture for the better

A positive workplace culture is essential for employee satisfaction and retention. When companies invest in preventive mental healthcare benefits, they send a clear message that they value their employees' health and well-being. This can significantly boost morale and create a more supportive and inclusive environment.

A strong company culture leads to:

  • Higher employee retention: Employees are more likely to stay with a company that demonstrates care for their mental health, reducing turnover rates. Results from a 2023 survey by the American Psychological Association showed that 57% of the workers who responded they are ‘unsatisfied with the mental health and well-being support offered by their employer’ said they intend to look for a new job at a different company in the next year.
  • Better team collaboration: A supportive environment fosters better communication and teamwork, leading to more effective collaboration.
  • Positive reputation: Companies known for their commitment to mental health can attract top talent and enhance their brand image.

Reducing costs for employees and employers

Investing in preventive mental health isn't only about fostering a positive environment; it's also a financially sound decision. Treating mental health conditions can be costly for both employees and employers, but preventive measures can mitigate these expenses.

Financial benefits can include:

  • Lower healthcare costs: Preventive mental healthcare can reduce the need for more expensive treatments down the line, saving on both physical and mental healthcare costs. According to a joint analysis by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, every $1 invested in mental health prevention services yields $2 to $10 in savings.
  • Decreased disability claims: Supporting mental health can reduce the number of disability claims associated with mental health conditions.
  • Improved work performance: Mentally healthy employees are more productive and therefore save and make the company more money in the long run.

How can I start investing in preventive mental health?

To begin prioritizing proactive, preventive mental health within your company:

  1. Evaluate current needs: Use surveys or assessments to understand the mental health needs of your employees.
  2. Develop a comprehensive plan: Create a plan that includes mental health resources, training sessions, and implementing a mental health solution.
  3. Educate and train: Provide training for managers and employees on recognizing and addressing mental health concerns.
  4. Promote resources: Ensure employees are aware of the available mental health resources and how to access them.
  5. Foster an open culture: Encourage open discussions about mental health to reduce stigma and promote a supportive environment.

By taking these steps, companies can make a meaningful impact on their employees' lives, while also benefiting from a healthier, more resilient, and productive workforce. At Headspace, we offer end-to-end mental health support to help organizations meet their employees’ continuous mental health needs. We prioritize prevention through 24/7 on-demand mental health coaching and self-guided exercises, while providing access to therapy or psychiatry for a deeper level of care. 

Interested in learning more about how headspace can deliver value at your organization? Contact us here.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text

element allows you to create

uotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

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How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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