Unum Behavioral Health

Solving the mental health crisis at work

Employee mental health is at an all-time low. Experts say the combination of health concerns and work pressures in the pandemic era caused widespread mental health problems that will reverberate far into the future.

At Unum, we’ve seen firsthand how the pandemic has affected employee mental health

In the past two years, the number of Unum’s Short Term Disability claims paid due to behavioral health reasons increased at more than twice the rate of the overall number Short Term Disability claims paid.


Mental health problems disrupt employees’ ability to lead productive lives, making this a top workforce health priority for employers.

In a typical year:

  • Nearly 20% of U.S. adults experience anxiety disorder.

    Source: NAMI, You Are Not Alone, 2019.
  • 8% experience clinical depression.

    Source: NAMI, You Are Not Alone, 2019.
  • Depression costs employers an estimated $44 billion in lost productivity.

    Source: W.F. Stewart et al., Cost of Lost Productive Work Time Among US Workers With Depression, JAMA, 2003. The most recent source of its kind.

Employees increasingly expect their employers to play a key role in helping them understand and access behavioral health resources.

Willingness to offer a robust behavioral health program is a key ingredient in building a caring and supportive workplace for the valuable employees you’ve worked hard to attract and retain.
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An effective program is based on two key principles:

Mental health is as important as physical health.

It’s time to normalize discussions about mental health. When these issues are stigmatized, people shy away from getting support when they need it.

Mental health support is for everyone.

Everyone has stress in their life, and everyone reacts to it differently at different times, under different circumstances. Implementing a broad-based early intervention program that serves everyone helps employees resolve stress and other challenges before they turn into a more serious mental health disorder.

Unum Behavioral Health meets people where they are, with support options for every employee.

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With communication and education, we encourage employees to evaluate their own place on the mental health continuum and to reach out for services to protect or restore their mental health.

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We then design an individualized program, with services ranging from educational resources for dealing with minor stress, all the way to interventional therapy for those challenged with mental illness.

1. Refers to the number of unique claims that received at least one payment in the year with a primary ICD10 code of a behavioral health disorder, including substance use disorders. Unum internal data, 2021.

2. STD = Short Term Disability

Contact us to learn more about Unum Behavioral Health.

Get started on a better way to support your workforce’s mental health and see savings in the process.