Better Employee Mental Health Through Training and On-Demand Access to Employee Resources
Industries have seen a dynamic shift over the past few years in how the workplace addresses employee mental health and wellbeing. It’s no longer enough for organizations to provide pamphlets on self-care and empty words of support from leadership without increased access to resources.
According to a Forbes Business Council Article from late 2021, employees are looking for a company culture that facilitates the conversation around prioritizing mental health development, and they are ready for integrated programs that support better mental health. Trends show that having faced difficulty finding and accessing quality mental health resources, employers often put these benefits on the chopping block.
During the pandemic, and even a bit prior, employers had begun to shift their perspectives and recognize the solutions available. To remain competitive when it comes to productivity and performance, as well as hiring and retaining top talent, it’s imperative for organizations to not only continue to acknowledge and destigmatize the conversation around mental health but also provide authentic support and resources that will empower their employees to actively address and improve their wellbeing.
The Digital Evolution of Mental Health Support
Though there are an inadequate number of qualified health care specialists to work directly with many organizations, valuable virtual and/or in-person mental health training is available. Virtual services are becoming increasingly accessible across industries.
AI can also be an effective way of delivering mental health information when access to qualified personnel is a challenge. Virtual support groups are also a popular method of support delivery. It’s practical and achievable to integrate increasingly digital solutions to our increasingly digital world without completely losing the human component that is so vital to quality mental health support.
There are several on-demand programs available to business organizations seeking to increase employee access to mental health resources. While some people have reservations about entrusting telehealth over in-person visits with a mental health professional, there have been several promising studies. According to the American Psychiatric Association, telepsychiatry is equitable to in-person visits when it comes to the efficacy of care, diagnostic accuracy, and patient satisfaction. It gives an added boost in that employees don’t have to take time off of work, don’t need to arrange childcare, or disrupt their busy schedules, thereby relieving some of the major stressors and reluctance to seek support for many employees.
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