Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benefits: 2016 Survey Results

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Employee benefits and workplace concerns surrounding mental health and substance abuse in the U.S. and Canada were examined in this survey report. While the impact is difficult to measure, organizations in both countries are beginning to articulate how depression, alcohol and prescription drug abuse, anxiety and sleep deprivation affect their workforces.

Respondents were asked how prevalent specific conditions are in their workplaces. More than three in five (62%) stated that depression is prevalent in their organizations, followed by alcohol addiction (50%), anxiety disorders (50%), sleep deprivation (39%), prescription drug addiction (32%) and nonprescription drug addiction (29%).

To address these concerns, more than nine in ten (93%) of survey respondents stated that they offer some sort of mental health/substance abuse benefits.

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View related blog: ​​​​​Mental Health in the Workplace: Employers Respond​ 

Data displayed below represents combined survey responses from both Canadian and U.S. employers.

Key findings

mor than nine in ten survey respondents offer some sort of mental health/substance abuse benefits.


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Treatment options offered by organizations

Mental health issues

84% outpatient in-person treatment sessioins with a medical professional or therapist 

76% prescription drug therapies 

69% impatient/hospital/clinic treatment 

Substance abuse issues

82% outpatient in-person treatment sessions with a medical professional or therapist 

71% inpatient/hospital/clinic treatment 


62% prescription drug therapies 

64% of responding organizations that state that less than 30% of their workforce is affected by mental health/substance issues 


92% of respondents stated that their workforce is stressed 


two in three respondents cited a greater prevalence of mental health/substance abuse challenges compared with five years ago