Family affair

Mental Health Awareness Month: It’s a Family Affair

Parents of children struggling with mental health issues face several by-products that can impact their performance at work and in daily life. According to data from Brightline, if your child has a mental health problem, you are twice as likely to have one yourself. Tebben says there’s also a 50% higher chance of divorce if your child has a mental health issue. During the pandemic, 48% of parents considered getting help or had gotten help for their children. However, 21% quit or considered quitting their job because of their child’s behavioral health condition.

It’s a wake-up call for employers during the Great Resignation, in which companies across the United States are experiencing historic turnover. More than 60 million Americans quit their jobs in the past year, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prompted by the pandemic to reevaluate their priorities in life, workers have left their jobs for greener pastures, demanding higher wages, better working conditions, better work-life balance and more opportunities to do advance their career.

To combat nationwide staffing shortages and compete for talent, employers need to increase compensation and benefits beyond traditional health, dental, vision and 401(k) offerings. ). Mental health benefits, resources and support not only for themselves, but also for their families, remain in high demand among job seekers.

“Feedback at all levels indicates that this is not a take-out year – this is a year about how we add support to get employees back into the office,” Tebben says. “On average, parents can spend 5 hours a day trying to find behavioral health support for their child. From an employer’s perspective, this has a significant impact on your employees, making them either unable to show up or unable to work effectively during the day.