Mental Health Awareness Month: The Next Step in Workplace Benefits

By HealthCues


Every May, organizations throughout America are focused on bringing awareness to mental health. This month offers valuable opportunities for our society to learn, reduce stigmas around mental health conditions, and seek help when needed. 


It’s estimated that at least 1 in 5 United States adults experience a mental illness every year. Fortunately, access to mental health care is becoming increasingly widespread – especially in our workplaces. 


At HealthCues, we’re committed to connecting businesses with top-tier employee benefits, including supplemental mental health services. As our country moves toward more patient-centric care and virtual appointments, we’re boosting the accessibility of services like counseling and crisis management. 


Our mental and emotional well-being is as important as our physical health –  all companies can now offer the supplemental care that their employees need. As a workplace health solution provider, our goal is to… 


✓ Provide 24/7 Access to Mental Health Services 


When an employee experiences a crisis that impacts their physical well-being, a trip to the emergency room typically falls under their workplace insurance benefits – regardless of the date or time. 


In that same line of thought, shouldn’t mental health crises receive the same level of coverage and accessibility? At HealthCues, we believe the answer is a resounding yes


When a worker needs mental health services, they can’t always afford to wait. This is especially true during a crisis in which a person is feeling the urge to harm themselves or others. 


As of 2023, over 12 million adults in the U.S. experience serious thoughts of suicide yearly. When these thoughts strike, or when mental health conditions spiral out of control, workers need to know they can access 24/7 care. 


HealthCues aims to bring mental health services closer to workplaces, allowing for continuous access and faster results. This includes connecting workplaces with 24/7 telemedicine and teletherapy services.


Regardless of their socio-economic status, race, gender, or age, employees deserve high-quality, comprehensive mental health care – right when they need it. 


✓ Make Mental Wellness More Affordable 


It was estimated in 2022 that approximately 4 out of 10 Americans who reported needing mental health care were not able to access it – and the cost was one of the biggest barriers. 


Insurance denials, coupled with expensive treatments, make it extremely difficult for many Americans to seek and navigate affordable services. That’s why one of our biggest prerogatives at HealthCues is to provide both workers and companies with mental health benefits.


Through telehealth access and an easy-to-use online platform, we’re giving businesses the means to make essential healthcare services affordable. Additionally, we offer preventative health benefits under section 125 that are paid with pre-tax dollars, offsetting the cost through payroll taxes. 


The bottom line is that cost should never be a barrier to potentially life-saving mental health services. We’re proud to offer companies a better way to increase the accessibility and affordability of mental health care through supplemental employee benefits. 


✓ Identify At-Risk Individuals


During Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s important for us to acknowledge that some employees are at heightened risk – and employers need to know how to spot and address the warning signs. 


Common signs of impending mental health crises in the workplace can include… 


  • Changes in work performance
  • Emotional volatility and moodiness 
  • Physical changes, such as frequent headaches or weight gain/loss
  • Social withdrawal 
  • Sudden increases in absenteeism 
  • Changes in substance use 


When a manager or employer notices any of these signs, they need a way to approach and care for the at-risk individual before the situation worsens. That’s why HealthCues emphasizes the need for a patient-centric approach to risk management. 

By partnering with our services, businesses can reduce hospitalization rates within their teams. Our online platform also provides risk identification tools to spot at-risk individuals, communicate with them, and get them the help they need. 


✓ Reduce the Number of Crisis Situations 


HealthCues is in the game to improve employees’ lives – and that starts with preventative care. When we can help address serious mental health concerns in their early stages, we can dramatically limit the frequency of workplace crisis situations. 


As Mental Health America states:


“If only” is a phrase we hear too often in mental health. If only we knew what was going on. If only they knew they weren’t alone. If only we had recognized the signs. If only we had access to treatment. If only. Unfortunately, the conversation tends to be short and after a crisis.”


Alongside bringing awareness to mental health, our goal is to get ahead of a company’s “if only.” With an individualistic approach to employee wellness, we help businesses improve morale, reduce elevated risks, and improve the overall safety of their employees through preventative care.


✓ Join the Mental Health Movement Today 


In a world where it’s getting harder and harder to retain talented employees, it’s more important than ever for companies to focus on bringing awareness to mental health. This includes prioritizing supplemental benefits that protect their own workers. 


Your employees deserve easy access to affordable counseling, assessments, and support for the sake of their emotional and mental wellness. Let us help. 

Mental Health Awareness Month offers the perfect time for your company to focus on increasing employee benefits. Contact us to learn more about our innovative workplace wellness solutions.