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 percent.  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:

  • Major depression has a diagnosis rate of 4.4 percent 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 an issue you can’t afford to ignore.  But what can you do?

SentryHealth can help.

Our approach starts with a multi-dimensional risk assessment tool that was developed by Johns Hopkins own researchers.  It’s been deployed in numerous clinical settings and modified for use in employer settings.

Our process doesn’t stop with screening.  SentryHealth clinical experts leverage a variety of care resources to find and help your employees get whatever help they need.  We make sure follow-up occurs.  We track and report back to you on the impact of our programs.

Learn more about how we’ve integrated Behavioral Health into our employee health programs.