NAMI Massachusetts conducted a statewide survey of 800 registered voters to gauge mental health attitudes. A vast majority of those who took our poll said mental illness was a serious issue, but when asked if they had a co-worker with mental illness, only 17 percent said yes, even though data finds approximately one in five respondents has (or has had) a mental illness. And, while most people said they would advise someone with mental illness to tell their friends and family, our poll found only 27 percent would advise someone with mental illness to tell their co-workers about it.
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Up to 80% of individuals with a mental illness will improve with appropriate diagnosis, treatment and monitoring0%
A 2014 PwC report stated that for every dollar invested in creating a mentally healthy workplace, $2.30 is generated in benefits to a company0%