Mental Health at Work: How Mindfulness Aids in More Ways than One
Portions of this research were supported by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Grant T03OH008435 awarded to Portland State University.
In 2015 the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reported that 17.9% of the adult population in the United States experienced mental illness. These disorders include an array of experiences, such as depressive episodes, feelings of anxiety, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, feelings of impulsiveness, and/or obsessive thought. Symptomology and disability from mental illness can negatively affect organizations through lost work days, turnover, and absenteeism, particularly when no attempt is made to alleviate symptoms or treat the illness. Specifically, it is estimated that about 200 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems. Further, mental illness when untreated can lead to disability, meaning that mental health problems substantially interfere with or limit daily activities, such as going to work.
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Auten, D., & Fritz, C. (2018). Mental health at work: How mindfulness aids in more ways than one. Organizational Dynamics, 48(3), 98-104.