Mental Health Benefits from Precision Care

Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (52.9 million in 2020).* Numerous clinical studies on mental illness have demonstrated a strong genetic correlation. For those with family members that have mental illness, the likelihood of developing mental illness increases. Diagnosis such as autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and others have been directly linked to specific gene variations. Additionally, deletions, duplications, and gene-environment correlations add to the expression of psychiatric disorders.  

 

In a study conducted by Paychex, 56% of the employees in the survey rated their company’s mental-health benefits as either “fair” or “poor.” 

 

In a recent study conducted by Paychex, 56% of employees rated their company’s mental health benefits as either “fair” or “poor.” In 2021, new findings indicate that individuals with exposure to adverse childhood experiences have a higher genetic predisposition toward bipolar disorder. Furthering the need for improved mental health benefits. 

 

Given the linkages between genetics and mental illness, specifically particular conditions where specific genes might carry markers for more than one mental illness, coupling genomics with clinical support brings the best of care available for employees. Whether it’s the triggering of genes by external experiences (ex. childhood trauma, COVID) or conditions like addiction to drugs or alcohol, physical or emotional abuse, stressful life events such as divorce, family illness, or death; additional support is necessary. Understanding the genetics of mental illness can, not only, further the precise diagnosis but also, assist the clinician in prescribing the most appropriate medications. 

 

The CACNA1C and ANK3 genes have been found to play a key role in the development of bipolar disorder in Latin American populations. Among those with European descent, the CACNA1C gene is associated with bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. CACNA1C plays an important role in brain function because it further regulates brain activity that contributes to cognition, emotion, memory, and attention. However, just because you inherit a psychiatric disease gene variant, doesn’t mean that you will develop mental illness. Proactive mental health management can help better prepare and/or prevent the onset of mental illness.  

 

WithHealth, a genomics-based healthcare provider, has Precision Mental Health benefits to better manage and care for employees. To learn how you can improve the mental health of your employees by providing them with Precision Care, please visit www.withhealth.com 

 

Source: NIMH; 

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness 

It’s True, Strong Wellness Benefits Attract Strong Talent

Who would have ever thought we would experience a labor market described as “the Great Resignation”?  I sure didn’t.  However, I also never thought we would live through a pandemic.  Now we have lived through both of these interconnected experiences.

When the COVID 19 pandemic started to take root in the U.S. in early 2020, signs were clearly pointing to negative impacts on the labor market.  There were no disputing economists predicting furloughs, layoffs, and force reductions.  It did come as a surprise, however, when over a year later, during continued periods of high unemployment, employed workers began rethinking their careers, working conditions, and work-life balance.  This led to workers resigning in mass – and the Great Resignation.

Fast forward to today, and employers are still experiencing challenges in attracting and retaining good talent.  Fortunately, there are ways to overcome these challenges through a compelling wellness benefit.

As far back as 2018, Forbes touted the advantages of a strong wellness program.  Entitled “Win With Wellness – – Attract And Retain Talent”, the article highlights some very compelling statistics including:

• 87% of employees consider health and wellness packages when choosing an employer

• Over 54% of Gen Zers and Millennials consider company wellness programs important or extremely important when making a job decision

Despite data pointing to the advantage of a strong wellness program, employers were still not implementing them:

• Only 40% of employers prioritize their wellness initiatives within their overall benefits strategy 

• Only 25% of organizations leverage their benefits programs to recruit employees.   

Fast forward to today, and the data is just as compelling.  According to the IBM Institute of Business Value, compensation and benefits remain in the top 5 priorities for high performing employees:

 

Top 5 priorities for high performing employees - compensation and benefits

 

Employers successfully navigating the Great Resignation, understand this.  They understand the importance of investing in their employees is more than just a title and payday.

The sooner you invest in your employees’ growth through employee wellness programs, the easier it is for you to build an engaged and valued team—improving productivity and your bottom line. 

WithHealth’s Precision Care program is an option that not only can improve the health and welfare of your work force but can boost your talent attraction and retention by providing accessible, affordable and preventative care.