May 6, 2021
What Is Your Mental Health Costing You?
It can be hard to tell when it’s time to seek help for your mental well-being. According to a 2019 report by Mental Health America, more than 56% of adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment. More alarmingly, the number of people struggling with their mental health has only gotten worse since the COVID-19 pandemic, with more young people suffering from depression and anxiety than any other age group.¹
That’s why this Mental Health Month, we want to spread awareness of mental health issues and discuss the three potential costs of mental health. We’ll also address some tips on how to take better care of your mental health if you or a loved one is suffering from mental health concerns.
Not taking care of your mental health can affect you physically and emotionally, but it can also hurt you financially. Often when we are stressed or in a bad headspace, we can develop destructive coping mechanisms, like drinking too much alcohol or going on shopping sprees. To combat these coping mechanisms, replace them with healthier ones like deep breathing exercises or practicing emotional awareness.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, workers with depression can experience a 35% reduction in productivity.²2 If you are feeling overwhelmed or are facing workplace stress, it’s essential to take frequent short breaks during your workday and unwind on your days off. Recharge by taking all of your vacation time or paid-time off throughout the year.
Perhaps the most severe cost of severe mental illness is that it can reduce your lifespan. Studies have shown that those with an untreated mental illness can live ten years less than those who don’t have a mental illness.3
There are a few ways you can take care of you and your mental health. Here are five steps you can take to improve your mental health:
Recognizing that you need help is not easy. It’s essential to take steps as soon as possible once you’ve recognized that you have been neglecting to take care of your mental health. By getting professional help, taking care of yourself physically, and regularly checking in with your emotions, you can drastically improve your mental well-being.