Behavioral Health Issues Left Untreated: What's the Cost to Employers?, SentryHealth

The news has been shocking lately.  Suicide rates in nearly all 50 states have increased substantially over the past two decades – by as much as 30%.  Depression is the underlying cause (taken to the extreme), but depression also impacts productivity and absenteeism.

Have you considered the cost of untreated behavioral health issues to your employees and your organization?  It’s worth some thought.

Let’s review some facts from the BlueCross BlueShield website about untreated behavioral health problems:

  • Major depression has a diagnosis rate of 4.4% in the United States, affecting more than 9 million commercially insured Americans.  (If you factor in adults with undiagnosed major depression, the rate has been estimated at nearly 7 percent.)
  • Eighty-five percent of people diagnosed with major depression also have one or more additional serious chronic health conditions – and nearly 30 percent have four or more other conditions.
  • People diagnosed with major depression use healthcare services more than other commercially insured Americans resulting in more than two times higher than average healthcare spending ($10,673 compared to $4,283).

It’s likely that some of your employees are suffering in silence? since depression isn’t a topic that’s openly discussed.  Workplace stress, family and relationship issues, financial stress all contribute to? the detriment of their health and productivity?

Major depression is treatable providing it’s diagnosed in time.  This is a behavioral health issue you can’t afford to ignore.  But what can you do?

SentryHealth can help address untreated behavioral health issues.

Our behavioral and mental health program connects employees to the most appropriate care at the right time. From virtual behavioral health coaching to expedited access to assistance, we offer support to help them address and reduce symptoms for better health and happiness.

The SentryHealth difference.

SentryHealth is leading the charge in employee health and wellbeing. Integrating smart technology with personalized guidance from Registered Nurse Advocates, we empower employees to make more informed decisions while guiding them to quality, affordable care. The result is greater engagement, higher satisfaction, better outcomes, and lower costs.