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Employee Mental Health Issues Intensify

Nov 4, 2021

CHICAGO, IL., November 3, 2021/ BUSINESS WIRE

Employees’ mental health has become a serious issue in the workplace and employers face growing responsibility to stem the tide.  According to a customer poll by ComPsych, the world’s largest provider of behavioral health and well-being services, 87 percent of employers say the mental health of their employees is their biggest well-being concern.

“The mental health issues emerging from this period of prolonged stress need to be addressed now,” said Dr. Richard Chaifetz, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “Pandemic stress is contributing to widespread mental exhaustion, negative health impacts and unhealthy behavior changes.  We’re seeing employers continue to expand their efforts with enhanced counseling, manager and employee trainings and a broad-based approach to better support employee needs.

National Stress Awareness Day the first Wednesday each November, aims to shine a light on the role stress plays in people’s mental health and the importance of learning how to manage it and cope with it.

Stress, Mental Health and Work

Workplace stress is a silent, and often neglected factor which can impair health and productivity and lead to absenteeism.  According to a new ComPsych Tell it Now℠ customer employee poll 60 percent of employees report they feel stressed, anxious and depressed.  

The employee impact is significant with direct consequences to business. In fact, the American Psychological Association’s 2021 Work and Wellbeing Survey showed 44 percent of American workers plan to change jobs in the coming year for a multitude of reasons—particularly, stress. 

With employers looking to better understand the mindset of their employees and intervene before stress may lead to resignation or poor performance, ComPsych recently held a webinar for its customers entitled -“Managing Staff Through Stressful Times.”  Attended by more than 900 HR and benefits leaders, the webinar offered real-world examples and scenarios to help managers identify and address the multitude of issues their employees face each day.  For more information visit


About ComPsych

ComPsych® Corporation is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs (EAP) and is the pioneer and worldwide leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR, FMLA and absence management services under its GuidanceResources® brand. ComPsych provides services to more than 56,000 organizations covering more than 127 million individuals throughout the U.S. and 190 countries. By creating “Build-to-Suit” programs, ComPsych helps employers attract and retain employees, increase employee productivity and improve overall health and well-being. For more information, visit and follow us @ComPsych on Twitter and LinkedIn.



Jamie Stein

ComPsych Corporation