According to data from the World Health Organization, one in four people will experience a mental disorder during their lifetime and between 35% and 50% do not receive any or inadequate treatment. Until recently, the topic of mental health was a very taboo subject and no one spoke openly about this important issue. A scourge of our society that has not been seen for a long time, but the pandemic has begun to expose it.
Even so, there are major barriers to accessing psychological care. Finding the right therapist is very tricky, and you have to spend a lot of time finding a good therapist. Also, since it’s still difficult to find people you can openly talk to about the subject, it’s almost impossible to ask for advice or recommendations on specialists. But above all, psychological treatment is expensive and not everyone can afford it. For this reason, a Spaniard has created a ‘startup’ designed to help people with mental health issues in the workplace.
Now, the pandemic has exposed more than ever cases of people seeking psychological help. For this reason, one of the UK’s most powerful venture capital firms, Stride VC, has set aside $8 million to finance the start-up Oliva Health, created by Travelperk founder Javier Suárez, which aims to help people with mental health issues. , more specifically related to work.
The proposal is a simple, 100% private website to find qualified therapists to consult with them about our work-related mental health issues.
Oliva Health offers services to large and medium-sized companies, costing between 10 and 35 euros per month per employee, and this makes it available to their staff as another non-salary benefit. ‘Startup’ ensures that its methodology is based on all available scientific evidence on how to tackle this problem.
Mental Health Action Plan
Post-pandemic, mental health care has become one of the priority issues on the 2022 political agenda, especially for children and adolescents. For this reason, the Government has announced the creation of a Mental Health Plan, awarded with 5 million euros, which will be implemented in collaboration with the Autonomous Community and which has not yet been outlined. Mental health is a challenge and priority that increasingly occupies a wider space in public policy.
Eliminating this stigma is not an easy task. Furthermore, to what extent is the company itself interested in worrying about the mental health of its workers? The truth is that we live in times of change, and business culture must adapt to it. It is important and beneficial for employees to talk about their mental health issues.
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