A Solution for Workplace Mental Health

Agents of America.ORG is proud to announce the launching of the Encompass Workplace Mental Health Program, the nation's first ‘comprehensive’ training program for Employers that addresses the significant financial costs of untreated mental health issues in the workplace that provides simple and cost effective strategies to create a mental health receptive workplace for healthy people and healthy organizations.

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A Solution for Workplace Mental Health

“In addition to awareness, the ultimate objective for the program is to potentially reduce the cost of both their Health and the Workmen Compensation Insurance,” said Angelo J. Gioia, Executive Director, AgentsofAmerica.ORG

Henderson, NV (PRWEB) September 24, 2012

Agents of America.ORG is proud to announce the launching of eMETA Learning Solution`s Encompass Workplace Mental Health, a training program on the early identification and remediation of mental health issues in the workplace. The program is designed for Insurance Agents & Brokers and their commercial clients as a resource that addresses the financial burden of untreated mental health issues in the workplace.

The Encompass program is the Nation's first training program on mental health literacy that gives employers helpful information on Mental Health Parity. It not only identifies the problems affecting the employer’s workplace, it addresses why stigma is the greatest barrier to effective use of existing treatment. “It educates all levels of the organization about depression and anxiety and how that affects productivity,” said Angelo J Gioia, Executive Director of AgentsofAmerica.ORG. “In addition to awareness, the ultimate objective for the program is to potentially reduce the cost of both their Health and the Workmen Compensation Insurance,” said Gioia. “In addition, the programs creates additional revenue opportunities for Insurance Agents by providing them with a prospecting tool to find new business.”

Here are some startling facts to support why such a training program is so urgently needed:*

  •     One in five people will suffer from mental illness this year
  •     Mental illness accounts for 15% of the entire burden of disease in the US which is greater than all cancers combined
  •     Depression and Anxiety Disorders are the leading cause of lost work days and productivity among workers between the ages of 18 and 45
  •     There is an 80% treatment success rate yet less than 30% will actually seek treatment due to the stigma of mental illness
  •     Many of the costs and tragic consequences of mental illness can be avoided by implementing simple, inexpensive mental health strategies in the workplace!

Video providing more facts and figures on workplace mental health “A Business Case For Promoting Mental Health Training in the Workplace”

Due to stigma, those with a mental health disability will most likely suffer silently and alone often hiding themselves away from and refusing to tell their closest friends, coworkers and even their employers. “On average, Depression and Anxiety Disorders will cost an American business $240 per employee per year (A total cost to the US economy of over 190 billion dollars per year),” said Debbie Dutton Lambert founder of Encompass. In addition, “Mental Health accounts for 47% of a company's health and lost productivity costs (physical illnesses account for only 25% of costs),” said Ms. Dutton.

The Encompass Course can be taken as either a convenient online course to be completed by an individual at their own pace in the Agents of America online Learning Center or as a 1 day live in-person workshop hosted by an employer at their location of choice..

For more information on the Encompass Workplace Mental Health Program please visit our website at: Agents of America Click on Encompass Learning in the top red menu bar and select from the drop down list.

About AgentsofAmerica.ORG

AgentsofAmerica.ORG is an Insurance Agent's Association and indispensable resource for news, products, services, education, and industry information throughout America. The organization's mission is to deliver the best people, products, information, and services to agents all designed to help them manage and grow their business and provide ongoing value to their clients. Our motto is "Bringing the Best Together."

AgentsofAmerica.ORG is offering a free membership to anyone interested in learning about the valuable benefits the new organization offers. All members are eligible for additional Encompass revenue generating opportunities, additional discounts and access to an extensive array of other membership programs. Visit AgentsofAmerica.ORG for more information.

About the Encompass Workplace Mental Health program

The authors/presenters of the program Debbie Dutton Lambert MBA, PC, CRC founder of Encompass, Daina Dennis MBA Ph.D. and Tracey Skale MD have a combined 72 years of professional experience in the fields of behavioral health, industrial and vocational rehabilitation, disability management and psychiatry. Most recently, Dr. Skale has been on the PBS show "Minds on the Edge."

eMETA Learning Solutions is an industry leader in the delivery of online professional development, continuing education and training programs. To learn more about the authors/presenters of the Encompass program see the Encompass Learning section of the Agents of America website. To learn more about eMETA visit their website.

*Statistics and Their Sources

One in five people (20% of an employer’s workforce) will suffer from mental illness this year according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA).
Mental health conditions are the leading cause of lost workdays and productivity among workers between the ages of 18 and 44. The World Health Report 2004 by The World Health Organization.
In an empirical study involving 51,648 employee respondents, it was found that the average annual cost of lost productivity (both presenteeism and absenteeism) due to depression alone ranged from $3909 to $15,889 per affected employee. The variation in cost was due to differing salary ranges. (Health and Productivity as a Business Strategy: A Multiemployer Study; Loeppke, Taitel, Haufle, Parry, Kessler, and Jinnett, 2003)
Mental Health accounts for 47% of a company's health and lost productivity costs while physical illnesses account for only 25% of these costs according to a 2003 article by Goetzel and Ozminkowski; The health and productivity cost burden of the ‘top-10 physical and mental health conditions affecting six large US employers.
There is an 80% treatment success rate (National Alliance on Mental Ill) yet less than 30% will actually seek treatment due to the stigma of mental health conditions. (The Impact of Stigma on Service Access and Participation, Watson and Corrigan)
Mental health conditions accounts for 15% of the entire burden of disease in the US, which is greater than all cancers combined. (Global Burden of Disease study conducted by the World Health Organization)
Major mental conditions cost the nation at least $193 billion annually in lost earnings alone, according to a 2008 study by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).


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