Why businesses need digital mental health support now more than ever
Multiple countries across Europe have re-adopted strict social isolation. Another lockdown. This lockdown is however quite different from the previous one. It is taking place in autumn and not in spring. It is the second one. Many held their breath under the water during the first one, but can we do the same again? For how long? The end of the first lockdown brought the light at the end of the tunnel, for a while, but is it now just a longer tunnel? How long will it all last? What will the world look like at the end of the tunnel? As the tunnel becomes longer, the landscape at the other side becomes more uncertain. Uncertainty feeds anxiety.
During this pandemic we have rapidly adapted, substituting physical services for digital ones. This holds true for shopping, for school, for work and for healthcare. We saw a rapid uptake of delivery services, of home-schooling, home-office, of teleconsultation.
Uncertainty, rapid change, the tunnel, creates unprecedented anxiety at an unprecedented scale. As for everything else, the remote version of mental therapy is also available and it has been recognized as contributing largely to better managing the current challenges. We all need to adjust our sails.
Poor mental health is expensive, for individuals, for business and for society:
Before the pandemic, poor mental health affected as many as 1 in 6 people. Poor mental health looses out on up to 72 million working days and a large reduction in productivity for those that try to manage without taking leave. Stigma still prevents many employees from taking the appropriate measures.
The financial cost associated with poor mental health is as high as £74–£99 billion each year. These figures do not account for the current circumstances. It is too early to have reliable measurements but certainly not too late to take measures.
Wemby: empowering your team with the best tools for emotional wellbeing
At the core of Wemby’s proposition is a robust team of experienced mental health professionals that deliver up to the highest standards. With our digital interventions, the proportion of our clients’ workforce with critical mental health issues has significantly decreased from 35.3.% to only 2% – we are clearly doing something right.
One size fits one
Destigmatized mental health support
Wemby is conscious that many in need of mental health support do not reach out for help. Wemby is determined to break down the underlying stigmas behind mental health in the workplace and facilitates access through virtual care teams that are available for any open and honest conversations that build trust.
Beyond the storm
It was not raining when Noah built the ark. Building skills and learning coping mechanisms contribute to building mental health resilience. Being equipped with preventative self-care skills significantly reduces the likelihood of burnout. Sick days are a high cost for your business – not only in terms of direct cost. Employees who have improved their interpersonal skills at work through digital therapy are the employees that chose to stay and therefore, reducing the costs of high turnover.
As this turbulent year comes to a close, the turn into a new year will look different this time round. Adjust your sails and build the ark to ensure that you and your business, not only survive the storm but actually thrive.