Addressing Depression Increases Productivity

Businesses that make suicide prevention a priority increase their efficiency and productivity while reducing absenteeism, loss of work and costs tied to disability and workman’s compensation. The facts are clear:

“Enhanced and systematic efforts to identify and treat depression in the workplace significantly improves employee health and productivity, likely leading to lower costs overall for the employer, the Journal of the American Medical Association.” (NIMH, 2007)

“Additional benefits to the employer from the treatment of depression include reduced work cutback and decreased sporadic absenteeism of treated employees, reductions in some types of medical and prescription drug expenditures following appropriate depression treatment, and productivity improvements…” (Disease Management and Health Outcomes, 2000)

“Depression is also a leading cause of absenteeism and reduced productivity at work. A study of the impact of chronic conditions on work impairment and absenteeism found that employees reporting depression, anxiety, other emotional disorders and respiratory disorders had the highest levels of work impairment.” (Pharmacoeconomics, 2007)