Mental Health

The Action Group is strategically focused on working with employers and stakeholders, within the state and nationally, to improve mental health care and outcomes.



WHY MENTAL HEALTH?

Today, Minnesotans with mental health conditions face significant challenges when seeking care. Their options for help may be limited due to a shortage of providers, the lack of accessible facilities, and limits on health care coverage. Ultimately, there are gaps in care, and too often “the system” fails patients. Sadly, the statewide rate of depression remission at six months stands at 8%, and it has not improved in three years.

This takes its toll on the workplace. A 2019 survey conducted by the Minnesota Health Action Group indicated that 99% of responding employers agreed, “The mental health of our employees is directly linked to the overall performance of our organization.” Employers report that low emotional well-being and stress are impacting the workforce through suboptimal performance at work/presenteeism (70%), more absenteeism (68%), and conflict at work (50%).

Looking more broadly, mental health has been identified as the greatest unaddressed problem in health care today. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, with $193B in lost earnings every year. One in four adults experiences a mental illness in a given year, and regrettably, 70% never receive treatment.


OUR FOCUS AND GOAL

Our focus is on improving integrated mental health care for depression and anxiety—as a stand-alone condition or as a co-morbidity. Our goal is to improve the statewide rate of depression remission at six months from 8% to 50%.

 

 

 

 


TOOLS FOR EMPLOYERS

With the right information, tools and support, employers are uniquely positioned to advance mental health care and outcomes for employees and their families.


WORKING TOGETHER TO DRIVE CHANGE

In 2019, The Action Group convened a Mental Health Guiding Coalition to provide multi-stakeholder input, insight and guidance to employers to ensure their success in providing high-value, integrated mental health care to employees while leveraging their purchasing power in the market to drive positive change on behalf of all Minnesotans. The Guiding Coalition builds on the work of the 2017-2018 Mental Health Learning Network, a dedicated group of leading public and private employers in the state. The Guiding Coalition meets quarterly, with interim Advocacy Team meetings to provide a deliberate, collaborative, meaningful, sustained focus on improving mental health care and outcomes.


RELEVANT RESEARCH AND REPORTS

Our focus on mental health care and outcomes is informed by relevant research.


ARTICLES AND MEDIA COVERAGE OF MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health issues are frequently in the news. The articles and coverage below relate to The Action Group and its partners and are especially relevant for employers.


ACTION GROUP BLOGS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

Our blogs provide additional context on mental health issues, informed by insights from expert advisors and employers.


PASSIONATE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH?

If you are interested in engaging with The Action Group to drive improved mental health care and outcomes, please reach out to Deb Krause at dkrause@mnhealthactiongroup.org.