With the COVID-19 pandemic in its second year, now is a good time to examine the mental health challenges posed in 2020. See how they’ve impacted Americans’ physical health, and how employers are reacting to and creating positive solutions for the benefit of their employees.
Whether it’s the increased isolation of remote office environments, anxiety for workers exposed to potential illness on the front lines or stress about childcare and school closures for working families, it’s no secret that mental health issues can contribute to or exacerbate physical health issues.
Here’s a look at some of the mental and physical health challenges facing individuals in the U.S.:
While these statistics are discouraging, many employers are stepping up to help reverse the negative mental and physical health trends occurring throughout the U.S. and employees appear open to the solutions:
While many hurdles remain to connect people to mental health care (counselor shortages, stigma, cost), employers are uniquely positioned to break down barriers to connect their employees with the care they need.
To learn more about rising mental health needs in the U.S. and how employers can help, read First Stop Health’s Guide to Mental Health Solutions for Employees. For more information on how to evaluate digital healthcare solutions for your workforce, feel free to request a copy of First Stop Health’s Telemedicine Guide.
First Stop Health, our telemedicine service available to Alliance health plan participants, provides 24/7 virtual treatment and care from U.S.-based and licensed physicians for various health concerns. From the flu to a bug bite, First Stop Health is just a click away, saves participants health-care dollars, and provides top-notch service. They believe access to health care should be convenient, affordable, and transparent.