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Helping Someone Seek Help for a Mental Illness

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common untreated mental illness affecting those in the workplace is depression. Depression can make it difficult for a person to finish tasks, and it can interfere with their ability to process information and think clearly on the job. Only 57% of employees who are diagnosed with moderate depression receive treatment, and only 40% of employees reporting severe depression get help, says the CDC. This makes it likely that you will interact with a worker who suffers from untreated depressive illness. You can’t make a diagnosis, but you can encourage a coworker to visit the EAP or a community-based mental health provider when you hear statements of hopelessness or feeling trapped or you witness isolating behaviors and withdrawal from social connection with others at work.


UR Medicine EAP is brought to you by Well-U, helping eligible individuals to assess issues, and provide short-term counseling and referrals.

Keith Stein | 12/29/2021

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