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Meeting employees where they are: The rise of workplace mental health services
Gaddy Noy, Ravi Navin Shah
Gaddy Noy, Ravi Navin Shah, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY 10032, United States
Author contributions: Noy G and Shah RN contributed equally to this work.
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Corresponding author: Gaddy Noy, DO, Assistant Professor, Doctor, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, 3985 Broadway Street, New York, NY 10032, United States. email@example.com
Received: February 24, 2022
Peer-review started: February 24, 2022
First decision: April 18, 2022
Revised: May 28, 2022
Accepted: July 8, 2022
Article in press: July 8, 2022
Published online: August 19, 2022
Many key organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and American Psychiatric Association have called attention to the importance of addressing workplace mental health[1-3]. Employers recognize the toll of mental illness on their employees (less productivity, increased absenteeism, increased substance use, increased medical comorbidities). As the idea that a mentally well workforce is good for the bottom line has gained more traction, a growing cadre of corporations are contracting with mental health companies like Modern Health (valued at > $1 billion), Lyra Health (valued at > $2 billion), Ginger (valued at > $1 billion), Spring Health (valued at $200-500 million), and others to provide mental health services directly on-site or via telehealth as an employee benefit. These employer-sponsored mental health services create a platform in which corporations link employees to mental health providers (therapists and/or prescribers) via either employee assistance programs or in-network service providers.
The importance of mental health has been ever present in our society and has been highlighted during the stress of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. As corporations continue to recognize the value of a mentally healthier workforce for their employees, their business and their bottom line, it would behoove corporate business to implement embedded psychiatric services with integrated models and enhance the wellness of their community; providing easy access, affordable and timely mental health services. Our experience sheds light on the benefits these services can offer.
Provenance and peer review: Invited article; Externally peer reviewed.
Peer-review model: Single blind
Specialty type: Psychiatry
Country/Territory of origin: United States
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P-Reviewer: Byeon H, South Korea; Rivas JC, Congo S-Editor: Wu YXJ L-Editor: A P-Editor: Wu YXJ