While employees report increased anxiety, stress and difficulty sleeping have taken a toll on their emotional well-being, most employers said their well-being and caregiving programs have not been effective at supporting employees during the pandemic.
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and the wife of Prince Harry of England, had suicidal thoughts while pregnant and feared being by herself, she revealed during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Her revelation sheds light on need for mental health support.
The pandemic led to a spike in alcohol and drug abuse—even among those who had never had a problem before. Employers can respond by using existing and emerging treatment options to support employees struggling with substance use and addiction.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic appear to be hitting young people the hardest, according to new research. Concerns about the virus itself, combined with economic anxiety and loneliness, have resulted in members of Generation Z and Millennials feeling more despondent than their older counterparts.
Employer-sponsored health plans must document their compliance with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires equal coverage limits for mental health and medical benefits, and be prepared to give regulators, on request, a copy of this analyses.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, includes provisions to increase transparency in employee health benefit plans regarding price and quality information, compensation to brokers and consultants, mental health parity and prescription drug costs.