Employee assistance programsOne of the most common ways that businesses have offered support is through employer-paid employee assistance programs (EAPs), which offer a set amount of free mental health services sessions, typically topping out at five to eight per year. But for many people who are experiencing mental health issues, this may not be enough. Some larger employers have started offering mental health benefits that cover a higher number of therapy sessions and a wider range of treatment options, including therapy and mental health coaching. Additionally, studies have found that offering a mix of online services such as digital lessons and in-person or virtual therapy can lead to lower therapy dropout rates, plus higher rates of abstinence for clients with substance abuse issues. As a result, some employers are offering programs that cover a spectrum of behavioral health care options, such as:
- Self-care apps for employees experiencing occasional stress
- In-person therapy sessions
- Virtual therapy sessions
- Prescription medication to treat common, diagnosable conditions such as anxiety or depression.