Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults live with a mental illness. Since it has become virtually impossible to avoid a condition at work, here are some of the factors involved. First, professionals tell us that multiple cycles can impact health and productivity in different ways. Conditions can trigger at any time and while early symptoms can be mild, a supportive work environment is critical. Symptoms often increase during later phases, causing work performance to suffer. Mental health benefits and disability insurance will come into play as everyone works together to help the employee remain at work or return to work as soon as possible. Symptoms can become severe during advanced phases, making a disability leave, family leave or access to an EAP or in-network providers likely.

Because fewer than half the people who need help ever receive treatment, meeting the issue of mental health head on is very important. Having a general conversation or town hall about behavioral health can go a long way in creating a safe, healthy, supportive environment.