How to Enhance Employee Mental Health

September 19, 2019 | From HRCalifornia Extra

by Katie Culliton, Editor, CalChamber

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time when survivors, mental health advocates, allies and others unite to share resources and shed light on a stigmatized and taboo topic that affects thousands of people nationwide. Believe it or not, suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States; in 2017, more than 45,000 people died from suicide, according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which also reports that the rate of suicide continues to rise. In California alone, it increased 14.8 percent from 1999 to 2016.

Why should employers be concerned? This may come as a surprise, but for many companies, the single most expensive health-related problem is neither heart disease, cancer nor diabetes — it’s mental health conditions, not all of which are known.

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