Employees’ mental health is at an all-time low, according to a recent survey by Lyra.
Nearly 31% of workers surveyed said their mental health has declined over the past year, up from 24% at the end of 2020.
Workers were also more likely to say they’d faced stress, anxiety, burnout, and depression over the past year. The biggest jump was among employees with anxiety, which affected 14% more employees than in 2020.
These challenges aren’t just individual issues; they’re organizational issues as well. Untreated mental illness impacts companies through lost productivity, higher healthcare costs, more disability claims, and higher turnover.
Leading companies have recognized this and are offering mental health benefits to help employees get the care they need. However, not all employee benefit programs are created equal. Too often, traditional EAPs and health insurance plans don’t provide timely access to therapy, psychiatry, or other behavioral healthcare. These networks also tend to offer a limited range of available providers, care types, and specializations, meaning they’re less equipped to treat employees’ unique needs.
Transforming mental health
Offered as a benefit for self-insured companies, Lyra Health is changing the way employers across the globe offer mental healthcare services.
With Lyra, your employees and their dependents can access a network of world-class therapists, mental health coaches, and more. Appointments are available the same day you book (the national average wait time for a mental health visit is three weeks).
Plus, employees who have Lyra have 24/7 access to live messaging with mental health professionals and unlimited access to self-led cognitive behavioral therapy lessons and exercises.
“Organizations should prioritize psychological safety and mental wellness while modeling healthy self-care behaviors,” said Joe Grasso, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and Lyra’s senior director of workforce transformation. “Having a quality mental health benefit is a part of that equation.”
More than 1 in 5 Americans has a mental health issue like depression or anxiety. If employers want an engaged workforce, they need to end the stigma and support their employees’ mental health.
Join Lyra’s effort to transform the way our nation confronts mental health by visiting lyrahealth.com.