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Mental Health and
Substance Abuse Benefits

2018 Survey Results

Organizations across the country are reporting a rise in mental health and substance abuse issues among workers. While employers are challenged with measuring the prevalence of mental health and substance abuse, they are aware of the impact these issues play on worker performance and health care costs and are responding by providing a range of preventive and treatment options.  

The International Foundation’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benefits: 2018 Survey Results report examines the current state of mental health and substance abuse in the workplace and how employers are taking action.

Sixty percent of U.S. and Canadian organizations are noticing an uptick in mental illness and substance abuse compared to two years ago. Forty percent of organizations report their participants are very or extremely stressed, and almost 40% say stress levels are higher now compared with two years ago.

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About This Survey:

Mental Health and Substance Abuse: 2018 Survey Results reveals the prevalence of mental health and substance abuse issues in the workplace, the extent to which they impact the workplace, range and prevalence of medical coverage, and help provided to participants by employers, as well as some reasons behavioral health services are underutilized. Responses were received from 278 organizations in the United States and Canada. Surveys were received from single employers/corporations, public/government plans and multiemployer plans representing organizations of different sizes, industries and jurisdictions. 


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