Jan 27, 2021
By The Lyra Team
If you’re a human resources professional, you’re likely already well-versed in the importance of preventative medical care. However, you may not know that a focus on prevention is also a crucial part of mental health benefits strategies. Preventative mental health care aims to support employee health, lower treatment costs, and provide resources for employees dealing with issues on the milder end of the mental health spectrum–such as stress, burnout, and relationship challenges–before they develop into more severe symptoms. This type of early intervention can increase employees’ self-awareness of their mental health, and help them stay attuned to their challenges before they become more severe.
Lyra is excited to introduce Guided Self-Care, a novel mental health care program based on proven research that makes care more accessible, convenient, and affordable.
The Guided Self-Care program is designed using a combination of research on single-session therapy and internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). These treatment approaches have been shown to be effective in treating a variety of common mental health conditions–combining them brings together the best of both modalities in a format that is accessible and affordable.
Here’s what you should know about Guided Self-Care with Lyra.
Lyra’s Guided Self-Care program allows members with less acute mental health needs to get mental health care at a self-determined pace. Through the program, members can get started quickly with a coaching consultation session, which is then followed by a multi-week care plan crafted by their selected mental health coach.
Each week, members work on evidence-based mental health strategies that are suggested by their coach, based on their needs. The same coach stays with the member throughout weeks to help them stay engaged, provide feedback on their progress and exercises, and answer their questions through a secure messaging platform.
Here are some quick highlights of the program:
The Guided Self-Care program is for members experiencing symptoms on the mild end of the mental health spectrum, like low-grade anxiety, stress, or burnout. All of these issues can affect employee productivity, retention, and overall workforce culture. Guided Self-Care can help prevent these issues in the following ways.
Guided Self-Care may initially sound similar to existing mental health applications, such as platforms that allow members to message their therapists at any time, or apps featuring guided meditation and breathing exercises. But many mental health apps may not work, and have high drop-out rates.
Here’s how our program is a little different:
Guided Self-Care can be a valuable part of a preventative mental health care strategy. In addition to being approachable and easily accessible for members with mild mental health issues, having access to a mental health coach through this program can contribute to a happier, healthier workforce. When selecting a mental health benefit, it’s important to ensure that all members who need mental health support, regardless of how severe those needs are, can get the help they need to thrive.
For more information about preventative care strategies for your employees mental health, check out this post.
If you’d like help connecting with a therapist or mental health coach, Lyra can assist you. You can get started today if Lyra is offered by your employer. Sign up now.
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.