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Is Telehealth An Effective Way to Manage Your Mental Health?

In 2020, as society grappled with the new normal, the nation’s mental health was anything but ordinary. As the mental health of the population and workforce declined, employment and productivity declined too. According to the Peterson Institution for International Economics, productivity is falling at the fastest rate on record. Simultaneously, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) shows that the number of people quitting their jobs remains above pre-pandemic levels, with a high turnover in lower-wage sectors.

If there is a silver lining that can be taken from the disruption and trauma experienced as a nation over the past several years, it is that employers are beginning to take notice. Many employers have begun providing EAP services and other services for the mental health of their employees. At the onset of the pandemic, many mental health providers were forced to provide telehealth services in order to protect themselves and their clients from the Coronavirus. But why are so many still providing telehealth services now?

As the global health crisis kept people at home, consumers demanded more convenience across all sectors, healthcare included. Consumers have embraced the flexibility of telehealth in general. Beyond convenience, virtual solutions provide equitable access for isolated or marginalized communities. Research suggests that telehealth services can be effective for many people, including, but not limited to, those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
depression, and anxiety.

The advantages of telehealth services in the mental health field include the following: • Allowing clients to be seen in their own homes or workplaces rather than in an unfamiliar clinical setting

• Avoiding the inconveniences of scheduling appointments

• No waiting rooms

• Eases stigma and relaxes the anxiety of attending in-person sessions

• Other personal stumbling blocks, such as arranging transport or a babysitter so that you can attend your appointment with a mental health provider.

Telehealth for mental health needs holds many advantages for businesses, too. Accessible support boosts efficiency by reducing absenteeism. As a low-cost option, telehealth helps employees to avoid co-payments and deductibles, removing financial barriers to medical care and, in turn resulting in a healthier workforce.

Wholeness Healing Center remains committed to providing quality care to all of our clients. To meet the needs of current and prospective clients, Wholeness Healing Center offers a choice of both in-person and telehealth sessions. We use a HIPAA-compliant platform to conduct our telehealth sessions. If your business or organization is interested in learning more about Wholeness Healing EAP services, please contact me at 308-382-5297, Extension 127, or via email at eap@wholenesshealing.com.

Works Cited:

Bunch, Will (2021, October). EX after COVID: way beyond foosball and free lunches. Retrieved from https://hrexecutive.com/employee-experience-after-covid-way-beyond-foosball-and-free-lunches

Greenwood, Kelly, Anas, Julia (2021, Oct). It’s a new era for mental health at work.https://www.forbes.com/sites/onemind/2021/09/16/workplace-mentalhealth-in-2021-how-can-leaders-build-enduring-change/?sh=4a1c9315766d

Staglin, Greg (2021, Sept). Workplace mental health In 2021: how can leaders build enduring change? https://www.forbes.com/sites/onemind/2021/09/16/workplace-mental-health-in-2021-how-can-leaders-build-enduringchange/?sh=4a1c9315766



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