The Clock Is Ticking . . . .

According to the World Health Organization,
by the year 2020 depression will be the
number two cause of premature death worldwide.

How close are we?

 

There Is NO Health
Without Mental Health!

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New Tools Available

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new tools to aid you in your efforts to prevent mental illness within your organization.  These tools are provided at no cost.

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Depression Cost Calculator Click Here  

Be advised that the results of this exercise will alarm you!  In thirty seconds you will calculate the costs to your organization for Lost Productivity Time (LPT) and treatment of depression based on the most recently available statistical and cost information.  The tool will generate a printable report for you based on the information you enter.  None of the information you provide is stored on this website so make sure you print or save your results if you want them to be available at a later date or to share them with others in your organization.

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Get a feel for the Cognimmune approach to mental health prevention with this demonstration program.  It will give you working knowledge of how our programs work, how user friendly they are and how they can benefit your organization. 

 
It's Like Eliminating Mental Illness For Free!

Recent Statistics  paint a troubling picture.  Mental illnesses are having a crippling effect on our economy, our society, our businesses. . . our very way of life. Many leading experts from around the world are predicting that this will only get worse in the future.

Your organization is already affected and this will become more significant with each passing day. How many of your employees may not be working to their full potential? How many days of absenteeism are directly attributed to stress, depression, anxiety or other similar mental states in your organization in any given year? How many accidents can be attributed to the same causes? For a quick insight into how much money your organization is losing each and every year as a result of DEPRESSION ALONE click hereu> to access the Cognimmune Depression Cost Calculator.  It will take you less than 30 seconds to fill out a form that will create an anonymous, customized projection specific to YOUR organization.

You see, the result of mental impairments like those listed above is reduced productivity, higher rates of absenteeism, increased accident rates, impaired decision making and rising health insurance, health care and disability costs to name but a few.  Each of these negatively impacts your organization's bottom line and this is reflected in overall profitability, shareholder value and public perception.  There is a way to eliminate many of these costs and you can start doing it TODAY!

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The Effects of Depression in the Workplace

Success in the work environment depends on everyone's contribution. That's why no one in the workplace can afford to ignore depression.

This year, more than 19 million American adults (9.5% of the population) will suffer from this often misunderstood disorder. It is not a passing mood. It is not a personal weakness. It is a major-but treatable-illness. No job category or professional level is immune, and even a formerly outstanding employee can be affected.

The good news is that, in more than 80% of cases, treatment is effective. It enables people with depression to return to satisfactory, functioning lives. And nearly everyone gets some degree of relief. Treatment includes medication, short-term talk therapy, or a combination of both.

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What to Do When an Employee is Depressed: A Guide for Supervisors

As a supervisor, you may notice that some employees seem less productive and reliable than usual-- they may often call in sick or arrive late to work, have more accidents, or just seem less interested in work. These individuals may be suffering from a very common illness called clinical depression. While it is not your job to diagnose depression, your understanding may help an employee get needed treatment.

  • Each year, depression affects more than 19 million American adults, often during their most productive years--between the ages of 25 and 44.
  • Untreated clinical depression may become a chronic condition that disrupts work, family, and personal life.
  • Depression results in more days in bed than many other ailments (such as ulcers, diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis) according to a recent large-scale study published by the Rand Corporation.

In addition to personal suffering, depression takes its toll at the workplace:

  • At any one time, 1 employee in 20 is experiencing depression.
  • Estimates of the cost of depression to the nation in 1990 range from $30-$44 billion. Of the $44 billion, depression accounts for close to $12 billion in lost work days and an estimated $11 billion in other costs associated with decreased productivity.

 

"Major depression and bipolar disorder accounted for 11% of all days lost from work in 1987, " reported the medical director of a public utility company.

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Is your job making you sick?
Janet feels like a gerbil on a wheel. She is an administrative assistant who reports to two managers. They don’t communicate with each other or coordinate their work, so she ends up with mixed messages and conflicting priorities. Thomas works a split shift which wreaks havoc with his sleep patterns as well as his family time. Pauline feels stuck on her job. She can’t get her supervisor to sit down and talk about how to expand her responsibilities.
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Employers Getting Started

The 2006 Business and Economic Plan for Mental Health and Productivity is a history. It is also a map for directing us how to implement a plan for dealing with mental illness when it manifests itself in the workplace.

It is the story of how literally hundreds of experts, business people, government people and individuals, who are concerned about mental illnesses in the workplace, have shared their knowledge and expertise to develop a persuasive conversation about what must be accomplished in changing the way we deal with mental illness in the workplace.

As a result, this paper explores rationale and ethical and corporate responsibilities. It also sets out a framework for defining the problem and the principled systems for action. What remains is to continue to implement these creative solutions and to evaluate and refine their implication so that the effects of workplace mental illnesses are mitigated.

Since 1998, Canada has been home to the development of a business and economic strategy to promote mental health and reduce the disabling effects of depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse.

Canada has the knowledge and tools to significantly improve our prevention, recognition, treatment and reintegration strategies in relation to employees with psychiatric disabilities.

Therefore, this document defines, in depth, the problems and solutions associated with mental illness as well as comorbid conditions in a knowledge-based economy.

This document travels from general facts to specific interventions. It calls for a re-shaping of workplace practices in a brain-based economy so that employees are treated like the assets that they are.

This information is a compilation of the work that has been accomplished, since its inception, by the Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health. It includes the facts and rationale for intervention in the problem of dealing with workplace mental health and illness.

After the introductions of the subject, the paper is divided into four parts that will help you decide which section might interest you.

This is must read material for anyone in a management role in any field of activity.  To read the entire report click here.

 
 
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SAMHSA's Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health

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