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Employers See ‘Dire Need’ for Mental Health Services

Seventy-seven percent were seeing increased mental health issues

Of all the (COVID-19) pandemic's impacts on employer-sponsored health plans, none are as widespread as declining mental health, according to survey results from the Business Group on Health released Tuesday.

The nonprofit’s annual survey of large employers found that 77 percent were seeing increased mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorder, while an additional 16 percent said they anticipated mental health impacts in the future.

That share represents "a stark jump" from BGH's 2022 survey, in which 44 percent of employers said they were seeing mental health impacts, President and CEO Ellen Kelsay said during a press call Tuesday. "Certainly, a key finding here is the dire need for mental health services and supporting employees as they're navigating their myriad needs," she added.

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