The pandemic disrupted many services, including those for mental, neurological and substance use disorders. The stress of the times and the lack of accessibility to professional care took a significant toll on the mental health of adults around the globe. In the United States depression rates are worse in 2021 than in 2020. This year, one in three American adults (32.8%) said they struggled with their mental health.
To help combat the mental health crisis, the World Health Organization (WHO) has worked to destigmatize the issue. This year’s World Mental Health Day campaign focused on making mental health care a reality for all.
However, Science Direct points out that depression is costly, and it increases the risk for other physical and mental illnesses. In fact, about 57% of employees missed work last year because they felt mentally unwell, according to Unum research. They faced behavioral health challenges, including stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder.
As a result, many business leaders are scaling up their efforts to support employees by bolstering benefits programs to include better mental health care options.
Unum Behavioral Health was created to help employers promote and support their employees’ mental health. This solution is different from others in the market that focus on either prevention or treatment, the individual or the workplace. The Behavioral Health solution delivers across all these dimensions.
Among the benefits the solution provides are:
- Personalized web portal that guides the individual to the support that is right for them
- Clinical treatment options and an abundance of mental health resources
- Matching employees with a coach or licensed therapist within 1-3 days
- Proactively helping employees engage and improve
- Providing metrics that demonstrate impact
The educational components of this program were created in collaboration with McLean Hospital, a leader in psychiatric care, research and education, and therapy and coaching components are delivered by Meru Health, a digital mental healthcare provider. The Behavioral Health solution is helping Unum’s corporate partners build a caring workplace for their employees, while keeping them healthy and productive in their everyday lives.
If one of your employees needs assistance, visit Unum Behavioral Health.