Understanding the Cycle of Employees’ Behavioral Health Conditions Can Drive Workplace Awareness, Support

The Standard partners with DMEC to address workplace behavioral health in new white paper

Dateline:

PORTLAND, Ore.
"Employers are often unsure how to best assist an employee struggling with a behavioral health condition — or even how to initially respond"
October 25, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) partnered with the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) to develop a resource for employers to support employees coping with behavioral health conditions, including mental health (psychiatric) and alcohol or drug (substance use) conditions. The white paper, “Managing Optimal Work Performance Through Behavioral Health Conditions,” also focuses on the cycle of how behavioral health conditions progress and how to direct employees to resources that can provide assistance.

The white paper was specifically created to help prepare employers to handle employees’ behavioral health conditions and create an open and supportive workplace. Sometimes, the emergence of a condition may be triggered by a workplace event, such as an increase in job-related responsibilities. Personal issues outside of the workplace can also play a factor, such as the loss of a loved one or family caregiving responsibilities. Understanding the typical progression of a mental health or substance use condition and recognizing symptoms can help employers better identify employees in need and connect them to available resources.

“Employers are often unsure how to best assist an employee struggling with a behavioral health condition — or even how to initially respond,” said Dr. Dan Jolivet, Workplace Possibilities practice consultant at The Standard. “Understanding symptoms and ways to provide assistance can go far to help employees get back on their feet. Not only that, but creating a supportive workplace approach can also help employers avoid workplace challenges such as lost productivity, on-the-job accidents and low morale, and even reduce overall health care costs.”

A significant percentage of people who experience symptoms of a mental health or substance use condition do not receive appropriate treatment. An estimated 23.2 percent of Americans aged 18 and older experienced symptoms of a diagnosable mental health or substance use condition in 2016.1 While these numbers may seem alarming, addressing and supporting those with a behavioral health condition in the workplace can foster trust and support recovery.

“There continues to be stigma surrounding mental health issues — especially in the workplace,” said Terri L. Rhodes, CEO at DMEC. “We wanted to create a resource that provides tangible ways for employers to assist employees.”

Being prepared for a behavioral health condition means supporting employees in their time of need. To read the white paper, please visit http://dmec.org/2018/10/23/managing-optimal-work-performance-through-behavioral-health-conditions-white-paper/. If you have any questions or would like to set up an interview with Dr. Dan Jolivet or Terri L. Rhodes, please contact Katharine Foley or John Jordan.

About The Standard

The Standard is a marketing name for StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., and subsidiaries. Insurance products are offered by Standard Insurance Company of 1100 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon, in all states except New York, where insurance products are offered by The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York of 360 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 210, White Plains, New York. Product features and availability vary by state and company and are solely the responsibility of each subsidiary. Each company is solely responsible for its own financial condition. Standard Insurance Company is licensed to solicit insurance business in all states except New York. The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York is licensed to solicit insurance business in only the state of New York.

About DMEC

The Disability Management Employer Coalition is the only association dedicated to providing focused education, knowledge and networking for absence and disability professionals. Through its education programs, DMEC delivers trusted strategies, tools and resources to minimize lost work time, improve workforce productivity, and maintain legally compliant absence and disability programs. Visit www.dmec.org for more information.

1 Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, September 2017 https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs-2016/NSDUH-DetTabs-2016.pdf

Contact:

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Bob Speltz, 971-321-3162
bob.speltz@standard.com
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Katharine Foley, 262-938-5460
kfoley@bader-rutter.com
or
John Jordan, 202-595-9008
jjordan@principor.com

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