Business Case

Mental illness and substance abuse annually cost employers an estimated $80 to $100 billion in indirect costs alone.1 The good news is that treatment works. The majority (65% to 80%) of individuals with mental illness will improve with appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing monitoring.2,3
Investing in a mentally healthy workforce is good for business. When employees receive effective treatment for mental illnesses, the result is lower total medical costs, increased productivity, lower absenteeism and presenteeism, and decreased disability costs.

Armed with research and data, many employers today recognize that there is there is strong business case for investing in the programs and services necessary to create a mentally healthy workforce. Our goal is to provide you with tools and resources to make the business case at your company and take action advance mental health at your company.

    [1] Finch, R. A. & Phillips, K. (2005). An employer’s guide to behavioral health services. Washington, DC: National Business Group on Health/Center for Prevention and Health Services. Available from: 
    [2] U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1999). Mental health: A report of the Surgeon General - Executive summary. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health. Available from:
    [3] Hosman, C. M. H., & Janè-Llopis, E. (2005). The evidence of effective interventions for mental health promotion. In World Health Organization - Promoting Mental Health: Concepts-Emerging Evidence-Practice. (pp. 169-188). Geneva, Switzerland: WHO. Available from:


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