Anxiety. Depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder. ADHD.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five U.S. adults experienced some form of mental illness in 2020. That means 53 million Americans had to figure out how to balance their mental health challenges along with other important aspects of life, including their jobs. Employee mental services are becoming more apparent that it shouldn’t be an option; it needs to be a priority.
As a result, 90% of employers say they’re investing more in mental health programs, and 66% of companies are making changes to better support mental well-being.
Together, we’ll explore a new option for offering employee mental health services and describe how supporting your employees in this way leads to myriad business advantages, including talent attraction.
What are onsite employee mental health services, and why should you offer them?
During the pandemic, the lines between our personal and work lives became harder to maintain – especially when we had to open our home lives to colleagues onscreen. This shift brought into focus how employees bring their whole selves to work. And in many cases, our whole selves as humans can be messy and complicated.
To be fully present at work, many people need to break through various barriers, including their emotional, relational and mental health. And they’re looking to employers for more support.
That’s why employers today need alternatives that go beyond standard healthcare plans. Onsite clinics allow companies to demonstrate their commitment to employee well-being. When combined with mental health services, onsite clinics can create a place where employees feel a sense of respite from their challenges.
Here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider offering onsite mental health services:
- Convenience: It’s tough to find quality mental health services right now. According to the NAMI, it’s common to experience delays and appointment cancellations. By offering onsite services, you can help employees avoid frustrating delays or the need to reschedule appointments to inconvenient times or locations.
- Care: You’ll have peace of mind, knowing that your employees receive high-quality care when they need additional support.
- Cost: When mental health challenges are addressed before they worsen, it can help reduce an employer’s total healthcare costs.
- Productivity: You may have heard about “presenteeism,” or employees being present physically but not mentally because they’re preoccupied with other things. Imagine how much more productive employees could be in this situation if they had the chance to step away during the workday to get the support they need.
We also believe that offering onsite mental health services can further destigmatize mental health by making services more accessible and approachable.
4 examples of onsite employee mental health services
This option provides real-time, one-on-one support when employees need it. We provide highly skilled, licensed therapists for scheduled blocks of dedicated availability. Scheduling is simple, and our tailored offerings are designed to meet your company's specific needs.
We also offer a shorter, 25-minute check-in option that’s a non-therapeutic consultation. These goals are to create space for whatever is happening right now and put together a quick plan on how to move forward.
Your employees may simply need new tools or skills to manage their emotional, relational, or mental health needs. We offer a variety of educational sessions on topics such as:
- Managing anxiety through mindfulness and grounding
- Creating healthy boundaries in relationships
- Building empathy through vulnerability
These sessions have a shared focus on actionable skills that help employees navigate the pressures of life, including work.
Another option is to pair colleagues who want to work on similar challenges but prefer a group setting. This helps people learn more about each other and find new ways to support their colleagues while improving their skills.
In this type of programming, employees self-identify where they want to focus and then complete skill-building independently at their own pace. We also offer a range of mental health support programming that employees can take privately and work on at their own pace.
Related Reading: How Does a Company Add An Onsite Clinic?
Well-being creates more value
The stress of the pandemic has left many people struggling with their mental health and searching for a better quality of life. This includes looking for new jobs that offer less stress or more support.
In its recent article “Why organizations need to focus on their employees’ mental health,” the World Economic Forum said:
“When well-being is recognized as a benefit on a par with traditional incentives like money and healthcare – rather than as a “bonus” – it can create more value for the organization, improving talent retention and attraction, while safeguarding employees.”
You can set yourself apart as an employer by offering onsite support services to your team during the workday. In today’s highly competitive talent market, it’s a compelling way to retain and attract talent.
A better way to deliver employee mental health services and care | NeoPath
At NeoPath, we believe there’s a better way to deliver healthcare to your employees and their families. For over a decade, we’ve helped mid-market companies design and build onsite primary care clinics.
In response to the current mental health crisis, Neopath Health now offers our customers onsite mental health services powered by Good Human Work. Good Human Work provides emotional, relational, and organizational health services delivered by licensed therapists.
If you’re ready to establish, empower and elevate your employee's healthcare. Let’s get started.