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Jan. 7, 2021 – The findings “reinforce the complex and bidirectional relationship between physical and mental health,” says Total Brain CEO Louis Gagnon. “Poor physical health can increase the risk of developing mental health issues. Poor mental health can negatively impact physical health, leading to increased risk of disease and addictive behaviors,” he says.

Garen Staglin, chairman of One Mind at Work, says the new research is important for employers and should spur them to “understand that they must act now to help support employees who may be struggling with addiction issues as a result of the pandemic.”

“Addiction can lead to chronic health problems, which impacts the employee and the employer,” he says. “Investment in overall wellbeing is not only the right thing to do, but very cost-effective in the long run.”

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