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Behavioral Health in the Workplace

Nurture a Work Culture to Foster Employee Behavioral Health

Mental health conditions like depression, substance abuse and anxiety are impacting the workplace. We see it across ages, industries and positions. As events such as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupt people’s lives, it’s vital that employers grasp the scope of the problem.

To learn more about employee expectations and behavioral health conditions in the workplace, The Standard conducted the Behavioral Health Impact Study.

Based on this study, we’ve created this resource page with data, insights and ideas. Our goal? To help you better understand and respond to employee mental health and substance abuse issues — no matter what’s happening in the world.

The State of Behavioral Health in the Workplace

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A 3-Generation View of Behavioral Health

Millennials, Gen X, Boomers — no age group is immune to mental health or substance abuse issues. See each group's views.

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Compare Behavioral Health by Industry

Different industries face different mental health and substance challenges. See which issues are impacting your industry.

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Focus on Employee Behavioral Health

Most employees expect employers to offer help for behavioral health conditions. How can you build a supportive work culture?

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The Economic Impact of Behavioral Health

Mental health issues in the workplace can have economic impacts. Learn how to support employees and your organization.

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Addiction and Substance Abuse

Almost half the workforce knows someone who was less productive due to addiction or substance abuse. Explore the research.

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COVID-19 Employee Check-In

Besides its effect on many employees’ physical health, the current COVID-19 pandemic has likely increased their stress, making the need to monitor mental health even more urgent.

Here’s an easy-to-print card with three things managers can ask about to see how employees are doing.


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Data, Insights, Tips

Our research showed that overall, employers are providing some benefits and services to address mental health issues. But the study also revealed these resources aren’t enough — and that employees don't feel supported or comfortable asking for help.


What Are Employees Feeling and Saying?



of U.S. workers suffer from mental health issues.


of workers suffering from mental health issues say 20+ hours of their work time per week was less productive.




of employees are comfortable seeking help from their employer for a mental health issue.


agree helping employees who have mental health or substance abuse issues keep their jobs is the right thing for companies to do.

Source: Behavioral Health Impact Study, The Standard, 2020



Recognize Reality

Being positive is about having a measured outlook that accepts difficult emotions during tough times. Learn how to avoid “toxic positivity” while being optimistic.


Avoiding Toxic Positivity

It’s okay that you’re not okay! Learn why accepting our difficult emotions is the first step to our growth and wellbeing.

In The Media

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Support for Every Generation

Our research shows that millennials, Generation X and baby boomers experience their mental health and substance abuse challenges differently in the workplace.


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