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.

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  • Depression ranks among the top three workplace problems, following only family crisis and stress (Employee Assistance Professionals Association survey, 1996).

  • The combined indirect and related costs of mental illnesses, including costs of lost productivity, lost earnings, and societal costs, are estimated to total $148 Billion (National Institute of Mental Health, 1999).

  • Clinical depression alone costs the US $43.7 Billion annually, including workplace costs for absenteeism and lost productivity ($23.8 Billion), direct costs for treatment and rehabilitation ($12.4 Billion) and loss of expected lifetime earnings due to depression-induced suicides ($7.5 Billion) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993).

  • Anxiety disorders cost the US $46.8 Billion in 1990 in direct and indirect costs, nearly one-third of the nation's total mental health bill (National Institute of Mental Health, 1998).

  • About 73 percent of people with substance abuse disorders are employed (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, 1999).

  • The cost of alcohol and illicit drug use in the workplace, including lost productivity, medical claims, and accidents, amounts to $140 Billion per year (National Drug Addiction Recovery Month Kit, 1998).

  • One in every five people, or about 53 Million Americans, experiences some type of mental disorder each year (National Institute of Mental Health, 1998).

  • Serious mental illnesses affect more than 10 Million Americans, nearly half of whom have severe and persistent disorders (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1997).

  • More than 19 Million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders. (National Institute of Mental Health, 1998).

  • Clinical depression affects more than 19 Million Americans each year (National Institute of Mental Health, 1998).

  • Depression will be the second greatest cause of premature death and disability worldwide by the year 2020 (World Health Organization, 1998). The Primary Cause will be heart disease. (See next point)

  • Depression greatly increases the risk of developing heart disease. People with depression are four times more likely to have a heart attack than those with no history of depression (National Institute of Mental Health, 1998).

  • Approximately 15 percent of all adults who have a mental illness in any given year also experience a co-occurring substance abuse disorder, which complicates treatment (SGRMH, 1999).

  • Up to one-half of all visits to primary care physicians are due to conditions that are caused or exacerbated by mental or emotional problems (CFHC, 1998).

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