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Employees are a company’s most important asset, and it’s clear that mental health has an impact on their absenteeism, presenteeism and ultimately, productivity. (Image: Shutterstock)

Suicide is a national health crisis, with one person taking their own life every 12 minutes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Currently, it’s the second leading cause of death for adults ages 25-34 and the fourth leading cause of death for adults ages 35-54, both age groups that comprise the majority of today’s workforce. The correlation between work-related stress and an individual’s mental health is undeniable. Research from AFSP found that among adults who have been employed in the past 12 months, more than one in 10 have missed work days because they were too anxious (14%) or too depressed (16%) to go in.

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