Finding care for mental health concerns is frustrating for some and downright embarrassing for others. A combination of limited access to services, the stigma associated with mental health treatment, and a nearly critical shortage of psychiatrists—6.4% now and up to 12% in the next three years—means those who need mental health care can’t get it.
For many years, employers have filled the gap with Employee Assistance Programs, or EAP, supporting employees’ mental health needs and helping them through marital, emotional, financial, and legal concerns. The goal of EAP is to provide cost-effective solutions that minimize the influence of these issues on employee performance and productivity.
However, society has morphed into a far different place than when the first EAPs became popular more than 40 years ago, and our rapidly changing technology landscape has opened the door to new approaches. More than 21% of adults are reported as having a mental health condition,1 and employees are straining current EAP programs and requesting new types of access, including on-demand and virtual sessions.
Experience Meets Innovation
In the last five years, tech investors began to recognize the need for innovation in the mental health treatment space, pouring more than $1.5 billion into mental health startups in 2020 alone.2 With more than 20,000 apps on the market, including Calm and Headspace, consumers have their choice of apps, but it’s important to remember not all apps are equal.3
In an effort to give individuals diverse options to address mental health concerns, the new mental health landscape has launched solutions in multiple areas. New companies are relying on digital innovation and creative approaches to improve quality and access of care. Many major mental health apps on the market have scientific-based methodologies and mental health experts providing or approving content but were built technology first. Most of these companies have only a few years of experience serving clients and lack a background in the field.4
EAP companies with a long history in the industry have responded to the ramp up of technical innovation in the industry by including new solutions within their legacy offerings. They’re beta-testing new tools, but testing them within a complex and traditional ecosystem new to the healthtech realm.
At Uprise Health, we are proud to offer the best of both worlds: deep experience and technological innovations. Over the 30+ years we have been serving our customers, we have acquired seven market-leading mental and behavioral health companies to bring more clinical expertise and technology support, expanding our reach and adding new specialty services. Our goal is to offer technology-driven mental health care research at the core, including:
- Leading-edge technology designed by clinical psychologists
- Gold-standard EAP services
- 30 years of providing EAP, return to work, and behavioral health support services
- Data-informed treatment
- A diverse network of providers across many specialties
- Digital health coaching
Clinical psychologists designed our core digital offering using leading-edge user experience designers. The Uprise Health app has won multiple awards as an award-winning mental health technology platform. We focus on positive outcomes through clinically validated methods and innovative digital tools, proudly offering our patients the best of both worlds.
Technical innovation and fancy gadgets are impressive, but they must bring value, be built on a foundation of knowledge and effectiveness, and partner with employers in all organizations to make a difference in employees’ lives.
Learn more about the Uprise Health history and how we’re bringing together the best in mental health in this downloadable one-pager.