Depression, isolation, and burnout now at an all-time high, have further contributed to the addiction crisis, resulting in unprecedented overdose deaths in 2021. According to the CDC, depression is estimated to cause a loss of 200 million workdays each year at a cost between $17 billion and $44 billion. At a time when shareholders increasingly analyze companies' ESG metrics to identify risks and opportunities, it's imperative to make a human capital investment in employees' mental health. Integrating mental health into ESG priorities would encourage employers to invest in, prioritize, and destigmatize evidence-based mental health resources for their employees. Providing mental health support at the employee level could lead to knock-on benefit within communities worldwide. Supporting employees' mental health could help organizations retain talent, increase economic impact, and bolster performance while keeping the workforce healthier and more satisfied.
Journalist and Author
Co-Founder and CEO, eMed; 174th President, American Medical Association
President and CEO, Cohen Veterans Network
Chairman and CEO, The Hartford
Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health