US workplace mental health statistics

53% Employees don’t feel they get enough support from their employer for their mental wellbeing

38% of employees feel comfortable using their company’s mental health services.

70% of managers believe there are ‘structural’ barriers to providing mental wellbeing support for their reports.

84% of workers experienced at least one mental health challenge over the last year

The ROI of Mental Health Initiatives

Investing in mental health initiatives isn’t just a moral imperative—it’s a sound business strategy.

Initiatives aimed at improving workplace mental health can yield a return on investment (ROI) of up to 800% through higher productivity, fewer sick days, and lower staff turnover. 

Digital tools for mental health support have also seen increased interest, with 47% of employees favoring them now compared to 35% before the pandemic.

By providing mental health screening programs and personal therapy companies are seeing returns being able to identify and support employees early, preventing issues from escalating.

According to a recent study by Willis Towers Watson... 

0 %

 of US workers report having experienced mental illness in their lifetime.

0 %

say they have experienced emotional distress due to work pressures in the last 12 months.

0 %

 say their emotional distress was severe enough to impact their ability to do their job well.

The statistics are alarming: 68% of millennials and 81% of Gen Z employees have left their jobs for mental health-related reasons within the last year. This high turnover rate can disrupt team dynamics, lead to increased recruitment costs, and erode company culture.

Unresolved mental health issues result in a 35% reduction in productivity, contributing to a loss of $210.5 billion annually in the US due to lost productivity, medical costs, and absenteeism. Depressed employees miss an average of 31.4 days of work per year, further impacting the bottom line.

Despite the evident need for support, only 38% of employees feel comfortable using their company’s mental health services. Furthermore, 52% believe they don’t receive adequate support from their employer. This gap in support can lead to disengagement and decreased morale among staff.

A significant number of managers (70%) identify structural barriers to providing mental wellbeing support, and only 38% of HR respondents feel that line managers are equipped to have sensitive conversations about mental health. This highlights a critical need for better training and support structures within organizations.