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Mental Health Leaves of Absence Surge, Increasing 33% Over Prior Year

Feb 29, 2024

CHICAGO -- (BUSINESS WIRE)--ComPsych® Corporation, the world’s largest provider of mental health and absence management services, today announced that mental health leaves of absence increased by a third in 2023 over the prior year. This continues a years-long trend: ComPsych data shows that from 2017 to 2023, mental health related leaves of absence have increased a stunning 300%.

This increase has largely been driven by female employees. In 2023 nearly seven in ten (69%) of mental health related leaves of absence were taken by women. Of these, a third (33%) were taken by millennial women, followed by Gen X women who accounted for 30% of mental health related leaves.

“Our data shows that millennial and Gen X women are most likely to need a mental health related leave of absence,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Founder, CEO and Chairman of ComPsych. “HR teams must invest in resources and programming that relates to issues commonly faced by these demographics: from the pressures of managing teams, the stress of buying a home for the first time, acclimating back at work as a new parent, or worrying about care for aging relatives.”

“As the leader in the integration of mental health and leave administration, we have a unique view into how these two areas intersect,” continued Dr. Chaifetz. “It’s clear that proactively investing in employee mental health is a key strategy for HR teams trying to mitigate the cost and impact of employee leaves of absence.”

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ComPsych® Corporation is the world’s largest provider of mental health services and GuidanceResources® for life. Fueled by a commitment to relentless innovation and a comprehensive approach to care, ComPsych provides services to more than 78,000 organizations and 163 million individuals across 200 countries. Under our GuidanceResources® brand, our personalized and fully integrated programs include behavioral health, absence management, and wellness journeys, which empower employees to lead healthier and more productive lives, while driving organizational excellence. Visit to find out why 40% of the Fortune 500 choose ComPsych for their mental health needs.