January 17, 2024
Data in this infographic is from Business Group on Health’s 2024 Large Employer Health Care Strategy Survey.
77% of employers are currently seeing increased levels of mental health needs (e.g., depression, anxiety, SUD) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What Mental Health Priorities are Employers Focused on in 2024
Engineering Mental Health: Building a Strategy from the Ground Up
Improving mental health requires a comprehensive mental health strategy. Each of these pillars cannot stand alone and each works best when implemented in concert.
Strategies Employers Will Have in Place to Improve Mental Health by 2024
Offer flexible work schedule that encourages employees to seek care during regular business hours
Seek input from employees to identify disparities in accessibility, participation, employee experience and outcomes
Offer online mental health resources (e.g., apps, articles, videos, webinars)
Work with your employee resource groups to promote benefits and well-being initiatives to targeted groups
Offer manager training to help recognize mental health issues and how to direct employees to appropriate resources
Offer no- or low-cost virtual counseling through telemental health
Require health plan and navigation partners to maintain health care and mental health provider directories
Expand provider network to include more diverse health care and mental health professionals
Offer coverage of out-of-network treatment for mental health and substance use disorder services
Offer mental health centers of excellence
69% of large multinational employers are working to expand mental health services and offerings in all or most countries in which they have operations.
Trends to Watch
Employers are also growing increasingly concerned regarding other mental health needs, including youth and adolescent mental health (24% of employers will prioritize this in 2024) as well as suicide prevention. Additionally, employers continue to look at well-being holistically, inclusive of mental health, but also including the whole spectrum of well-being.
Business Group on Health Resources:
- 2024 Large Employer Health Care Strategy Survey
- Engineering Mental Health: Building a Strategy from the Ground Up (Members-only)
- Social Connectedness: Building Bonds in the Workplace (Members-only)
- Reducing Mental Health Stigma: Employer FAQs (Members-only)
- Burnout: Is Your Organization on Fire?
- The Power of Trusted Messengers: Reaching Those with Substance Use Disorders
- Friends at Work: Why Connecting with Colleagues is Good For Business
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