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May 6, 1974

Mental Health Needs of Employees in Business and Industry

Author Affiliations

Framingham Union Hospital Framingham, Mass

JAMA. 1974;228(6):695. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230310017008

To the Editor.—  A recent article by Dr. Modlin (226:50, 1973) considered the problems of collaboration between psychiatrists and occupational physicians in meeting the mental health needs of employees in business and industry. The psychiatrists discussed were expected to have little familiarity with the work situations of their patients.Recently, another approach to the mental health needs of a business community has been developed. A psychiatrist directs a program in which a psychologist or social worker serves as counselor to employees of a business firm. The counselor is stationed full-time within the work setting, readily accessible to employees. The psychiatrist supplies clinical supervision. Both counselor and psychiatrist get to know the work environment very well, which helps them to understand the employees and their problems.A program of this kind has been in operation for several years and has demonstrated its effectiveness.1 Additional publicity in the Psychiatric Quarterly and