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Digital Therapeutics: The Future of Behavioral Health

By Les C. Meyer, MBA

Mental Health in the Workplace: A Call to Action – Team Resilience at Work

Employers are taking aim at workforce behavioral health strategies and accelerating total rewards action plans to improve the mental health in the workplace via high-impact, high-value team resilience solutions that combine the benefits of evidence-based treatment; online learning; and the healing power of groups to achieve a mentally healthy business. 

The annual economic costs of mental health have been estimated close to  $1 trillion, per year - mostly in indirect costs related to productivity and the higher costs of associated with other medical conditions. The economic costs of mental illness will be more than the combined costs of cancer, diabetes and respiratory ailments. Importantly, chronic pain affects an estimated 100 million Americans, or one third of the U.S. population and it is the primary reason Americans are on disability. In addition, large employers paid for more than $2.6 billion worth of opioid addiction and overdose treatment services in 2016.  

Better work life health and wellbeing outcomes are well within reach based on a few favorable developments, but results won't be truly meaningful unless there's a greater realization of the indisputable linkages between a healthy workforce, the value of team resilience in the workplace, a mentally healthy business and a healthy bottom line. 
No more business as usual. The nation of workforce "disruptive improvement" is being transformed by disruptive-minded CEOs, CFOs and HR leaders focusing on work life health and wellbeing impact design methods and imaginative innovations that improve everyone's economic wellbeing and quality of life. 

The quest for enterprise-wide agility is accelerating, sparking dramatic improvements in quality, innovation, productive advantage and speed to delivering value. Use of disruptive enabling technology is clearly a game-changer as more organizations embrace a total rewards approach to value-based benefit design plans to attract, motivate, engage and retain top talent. It also will help elevate and balance work-life experiences, igniting an innate desire and willingness to empower working Americans to live well and thrive. 

Les C. Meyer is a serial entrepreneur, global executive leader and MBA with extensive experience in understanding the forces driving mindful innovation, seizing the upside of disruption and leveraging the strategic value of enterprise-wide organization health resilience.  His work focuses on transforming health and performance improvement through innovation leadership. He has worked with many organizations to help them achieve strategic agility and resilience alignment organization health goals, behavioral economics objectives and functional wellbeing outcomes via science-based cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy collective impact ventures, joint mental health and wellbeing in the workplace projects including team resilience at work, mindfulness, vitality and sustainability next practices.