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Digital Mental Health

Bringing Down the Barriers to Mental Health Care with Digital Tools

Mental health issues are extremely common, with around 20% of adults in the U.S. experiencing some form of mental illness each year. Despite how common mental health struggles are, however, many people still don't receive treatment due to a variety of barriers that include: Cost. The high cost of mental health treatment poses significant barriers to access for many people in need. Services are often not covered by insurance at levels comparable to physical health despite the prevalence of mental health conditions. Out-of-pocket expenses like copays and deductibles can be prohibitive. For the uninsured, self-paying for therapy, psychiatric care, and…
Learn to Live Team
September 12, 2023
The importance of prioritizing student mental health
Student Mental Health

Making Student Mental Health a Top Priority on College Campuses

Mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and stress are on the rise among college students. In a Fortune survey of 1,000 college students, about 56% of respondents reported worsening stress, 53% reported heightened anxiety, and 45% were experiencing worsening depression symptoms. There are several factors that may be contributing to this trend:  Academic pressure. College students face immense pressure to perform well academically. Competition for grades, pressure from parents, and the fear of falling behind peers can heighten stress and anxiety. Juggling coursework, exams, projects, and other demands takes a toll.  Financial burdens. College is more expensive than ever before.…
Learn to Live Team
September 5, 2023
Mental Health Screening is a Crucial Preventive Care Step
Employee Well-being

Why Mental Health Screening is a Crucial Preventive Care Step

Mental health is just as important as physical health. It’s easy to see the benefits of periodic screening given the prevalence of mental health conditions in the U.S. and their often-debilitating effects, from missed work to substance misuse, to suicide. Yet regular physical exams and cancer screenings are commonly accepted as preventive care, while mental health screenings are often not. Just like checking for signs of cancer fosters early intervention, screening for mental health concerns can also identify issues before they become severe. This type of preventive service could help reduce our mental health crisis across a broad population. Consider…
Learn to Live Team
August 25, 2023
Health plan providers can take advantage of lessons learned by these employee mental health pioneers
Member Mental Health

8 Important Tactics Health Plans Can Learn from Employers About Mental Health Care Utilization

A proactive approach to mental health allows health plans to reduce costs, improve outcomes, attract and retain members, and reinforce their commitment to whole person care.   For many health plans, however, their members underutilize mental health benefits. They need better strategies to promote and facilitate access to these important services, and overcome challenges like stigma, lack of promotion, provider availability, out of pocket costs, lack of perceived need, and administrative complexities.   Progressive employers have long understood the importance of good mental health, and have adopted creative strategies to alleviate common barriers to utilization. Health plan providers can take advantage of…
Learn to Live Team
August 17, 2023
Gamification can be a powerful tool to enhance the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Digital Mental Health

It can be challenging to stay on a mental health journey. One useful tool can help. 

Mental health journeys are personal. Many embark with goals and objectives, but others are unclear about the end-result beyond achieving immediate relief from their negative feelings. Differences in motivation and drive can lead to a variety of challenges to stay on the journey. Reasons People Discontinue Mental Health Care People sometimes find that improving and maintaining mental health takes time and energy, and they may stop seeking care for a variety of reasons: Improvement in symptoms. They may believe they no longer need treatment because they’ve started to feel better.   Lack of progress. Some people may not see the…
Learn to Live Team
August 9, 2023
Don't underestimate the importance of good mental health for your employees
Employee Mental Health

You’ve Checked the Box on Mental Health Benefits. But Are They Being Used?

The past few years have underscored the vital need for comprehensive mental health support in the workplace. Many companies now offer baseline mental health benefits, but there is a growing recognition that these bare minimum offerings are insufficient. These benefits will not deliver any real value to the employer or employee if they are not used, do not meet their needs, and fail to reduce barriers to care like stigma, access, and cost. Employers today need to move beyond just checking the box and provide meaningful, easily accessible resources that actively support the mental health and well-being of their workforce.…
Learn to Live Team
August 7, 2023