The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profoundly negative impact on behavioral health in the United States. Early evidence of this includes huge increases in the number of calls to the federal Disaster Distress Hotline and local suicide hotlines; large upturns in the number of prescriptions filled for anxiety, depression, and insomnia; increased alcohol consumption; and […]
Although all sectors of American life have been dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, education has arguably been hit the hardest. Most state governments issued stay-at-home orders and closed public schools in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, forcing a rapid transition to distance learning. This transition has likely amplified existing disparities […]
Although our culture has made great strides in recent years in understanding those who struggle with behavioral health conditions, these individuals often face huge challenges in the workplace. Imagine an employee who is suffering in silence with a condition such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or substance use issues and is struggling with feelings […]
While many people set personal New Year’s resolutions, have you ever thought of making one for your organization? As 2018 nears its end, now is the perfect time to reflect on your disability management practices and identify areas of improvement in the new year. A potential area to address? Supporting employees with behavioral health conditions […]
Nearly three-quarters (72%) of U.S. employers aim to improve their health and well-being strategies and programs over the next 3 years to differentiate themselves from organizations with which they compete for talent. This is up from the 18% that say they do so now, according to the 22nd annual Best Practices in Health Care Employer […]
Despite what recent headlines may lead you to believe, misuse and abuse of opioids, as well as dependence on these drugs, is not a new problem. Opium and some of its derivatives are millennia old. What is new is the growing impact in the workplace.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a report showing that states can improve access to behavioral health services for residents by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. “Substance use disorders and mental illness are prevalent and serious public health problems in American communities,” the HHS says in a press […]
In its most recent National Behavioral Health Barometer report, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) highlights many important trends in behavioral health across the nation. Results from the report suggest the behavioral health of the United States is improving. The Barometer reports no change in the level of adults seeking treatment for serious mental illness, which […]