The Cost of Mental Health on Your Business



Mental illness and substance abuse cost employers an estimated $225.8 billion each year. Businesses often prioritize physical healthcare over mental healthcare which is a shame because absenteeism or non-productivity due to mental health issues cost businesses dearly. In this episode, we will talk about the hidden cost of mental health and how it impacts our businesses. We will talk about programs that work and how employers can take care of their employees better so they can be more engaged with their work. We will discuss mental health with Nicole Winkler who works with workers regularly on improving their lives so they can focus on the job.



Nicole Winkler is a mental health therapist who specializes in substance abuse and works for Methodist Health System with their Employment Assistance Program (EAP). Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Metropolitan Community College and works as a therapist at Douglas County Correctional Facility. She is currently working on getting her EdD (Doctorate of Education and Leadership) at College of St. Mary’s.