5. Behavioral health solutions that take a proactive approach
The mental health crisis has been at play for decades, but in the aftermath of the pandemic, we’re seeing unprecedented levels of anxiety and depression.
Plus, 73% of workers have high or moderate levels of stress, and 34% are suffering symptoms of burnout.
Behavioral health visits are up 17% from pre-COVID levels, but the ongoing provider shortages are leaving many without care.
In fact, 30% of large employers say their networks don’t have enough providers to ensure their employees have timely access to care, a recent Kaiser Family Foundation report shows.
Next year, employers will look to solutions that identify members at risk for behavioral health issues early on in their healthcare journeys, whether they present with symptoms or not.
With the prevalence of anxiety and depression, offering screenings to every participant goes a long way in uncovering and addressing these often-invisible illnesses that present with other co-morbidities.
Solutions that provide access to a designated team of multidisciplinary behavioral health clinicians to offer guidance, education, and a safe place to be vulnerable will help break down barriers—whether they are emotional or structural—to reduce stigma around experiencing mental health challenges and help people get the right care.