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Posted on Mar 4th, 2010

Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the workplace and affects about 10% of the workforce....75% of those with depression don't have a diagnosis...72% of clinically depressed persons work...Indirect cost of mental health to US employers is $79 billion...Mental illness causes more days of work loss and work impairment than chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, back pain, hypertension and heart disease...Depression is also a common co-occurring condition among individuals with chronic medical conditions...Left untreated, people with co-occurring depression have higher health care expenditures...27% of persons with diabetes also have depression...

...70-90% of individuals have reduction in symptoms through medication and talk therapy...Each year, 217 million workdays are completely or partially lost due to mental disorders...Workers with depression lose an average of 5.6 productive hours per week, compared to an average loss of 1.5 hours per week for workers without depression...After only three weeks of treatment, work impairment of employees living with mental illness was cut from 31% to 18%...

Over 373,000 Tennesseans, one in 17 (6%), have a severe and persistent mental illness...Over 117,000 adults and children rely on the state public mental health system for services...For persons living with serious mental illness, life expectancy is 25 years less than the average American due to heart disease, diabetes or other health conditions...Over 92,000 Tennessee children live with a mental illness severe enough to impair daily life...Half of these children, 14 and over, drop out of high school, the highest drop-out rate of any disability group...

...The average length of time before a person with mental illness receives help is 8-10 years...Every 15.8 minutes, there is a suicide due to mental illness...

Since I live in the state of Tennessee these are my facts.. My challenge to you is to send in your state/countries facts and I will post them here.
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Thanks,
Michael

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