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The ROI of Mental Health: 8 peer-reviewed studies testing the effectiveness of Lyra mental health solutions

The ROI of Mental Health: 8 peer-reviewed studies testing the effectiveness of Lyra mental health solutions

As the global mental health crisis continues and employers and governments alike come together to address it, technology-based approaches to workforce mental health are emerging at the forefront. To meet the ever-rising need for mental health support, employers are exploring solutions that include apps, wellness perks, and–most importantly–mental health benefits. But not all of these offerings have been tried and tested through rigorous, scientifically sound research.

Measuring outcomes through clinically-approved assessments is key to evidence-based mental health care. At Lyra Health, collecting and monitoring anonymous data on engagement and clinical outcomes throughout care is a crucial part of our program and product development. With that in mind, here are key findings from eight peer-reviewed studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of Lyra’s mental health care and support:

Lyra Health Cost Efficiency Analysis

Employer medical costs for companies that partnered with Lyra were reduced by $2300 per engaged member per year.

Additionally, Lyra is the only Workforce Mental Health solution to publish data on financial  ROI–including  medical and prescription drug savings, employee productivity, and retention.

Impact of Evidence-based Psychotherapy on Employee Retention

Among three companies that partnered with Lyra, employees receiving care through the benefit were twice as likely to stay with their organization than those getting mental health treatment through their  health insurance.

Real-world Evaluation of a Large-scale Blended Care-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program for Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

89 percent of the 6000-plus study  who were Lyra members saw reliable anxiety or depression symptom improvement or recovery, illustrating the results of Lyra’s Blended Care experience and care delivery model.

Development, Acceptability, and Feasibility of a Digital Module for Coping with COVID-19 Distress: Pragmatic Retrospective Study

After watching a Lyra-produced cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) video, 88 percent of clients responded ‘‘Agree’’ or ‘‘Strongly agree’’ to the following  questions:

  • ‘‘This video covered approaches/skills that can help me better cope with the emotional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.’’
  • ‘‘I intend to apply approaches/skills from this video to my life.’’

Treating Suicidal Ideation in the Context of Depression

73 percent of members who reported suicidal ideation nearly every day at the beginning of treatment reported none after receiving care with Lyra providers.

Beyond the Lab: Empirically Supported Treatments in the Real World

83 percent of members experienced clinically significant symptom improvement or recovery from anxiety or depression, demonstrating the power of evidence-based therapies in real-world environments.

Telemental Health Collaborative Care Medication Management: Implementation and Outcomes 

Using the Lyra Medication Management program model, this study showed that about 68 percent of members experienced reduction  or remission of mental health symptoms after 12 weeks, compared to similar clinical studies where just 35 to 46 percent of members saw comparable results.

Outcomes of a Blended Care Coaching Program for Clients Presenting With Moderate Levels of Anxiety and Depression: Pragmatic Retrospective Study

A whopping 90 percent of clients in Lyra’s Blended Care Coaching Program who entered treatment with moderate anxiety and/or depression showed reliable improvement or recovery.

With the rising need for mental health care comes an equally urgent need for data-driven solutions. As organizations consider providing a mental health benefit for their employees, selecting a benefits program that is rooted in evidence-based care is crucial.

Learn more about how partnering with Lyra can impact your business.


If you want help connecting with a coach or therapist, Lyra can assist you. You can get started today if Lyra is offered by your employer. Sign up now.

For employers who want to learn more about the value and impact of a mental health benefit, download our white paper or get in touch.

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By The Lyra Team
23 of June 2022 - 3 min read
Mental health at work
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