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Unum Launches Digital Worker Mental Health Solution

What is life insurance and why is it important? More and more countries implement health insurance, especially in capitalist countries. That means that in the cases you are unwell, the treatment is not covered by the state. Consequently, buying insurance is important as it ensures that you will be financially secure to face any type of problem.

For instance, in the case of a disease or an accident, the expenses from the medication could be greater than you have. Depending on the type of insurance, the company will pay for your treatment. However, good health insurance could be quite costly. The annual cost of health insurance for the average American is $3,414 per year.

Unum Group is an American insurance company with headquarters in Chattanooga Tennessee. Unum Group was founded in 1999 after the merger of two large companies Unum Corporation and The Provident Companies. Both companies have operated for more than a century and were one of the first companies, which started to offer disability, life, and critical illness insurance. Unum is the top disability insurance product in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Moreover, it offers other types of insurance such as accident, critical illness, and life insurance. The company does not employ a lot of people, just around 9,400 full-time employees, but derives substantial revenue of  $11.047 billion per year.

Mental Health

Nevertheless, mental health problems have existed for a long time, and relatively recently people have started to pay sufficient attention to them. How could we define mental health and why is it important? Mental health is not physical disabilities, it is our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It could affect the way we think, act and feel. It is responsible for the way we cope with stress and make choices.

Mental health problems are very common and it is important to treat the problems. Around 26% of Americans over 18 suffer from diagnosable mental disorders. Similar statistics are in Australia 1 out 4 Australia struggle to cope with stress and to find a sense of connection with people. It is important to not undermine mental health problems as in severe cases the mental health problems could cause death. 70% of suicide victims struggle from depression or bipolar.

Mental Health and pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of people, who suffer from anxiety and struggle to cope with stress. During the lockdowns, many young and old people have stayed alone in the apartments. Many of them struggled to share their feelings and lived under the disturbing experience of proximity to death. There was also an increase in domestic violence in countries like the U.K and victims struggled to find help from their friends and families as they were left alone with the abuser. The pandemic caused the rise of suicides caused by mental health disorders.  

Many people have experienced the loss of their loved ones, which could be very traumatic. Moreover, the feeling of uncertainty and insecurity was intensified by the loss of a job and economic distress. Consequently, the pandemic negatively affected individuals with existing mental health disorders and those who didn’t. 

Digital Solution by Unum

In 2021, Unum Behavioral Health was made available to the Unum employers to help them cope with mental health problems. The digital platform developed by Unum delivers employer-tailored communication and designed some educational programs, which help to reduce the stigma of mental health. Moreover, they boost awareness and increase engagement with support programs.

The program was designed to help people who struggle with stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, and other disorders. All of these mental health problems affect the well-being of employers and decrease their productivity. The research conducted by Unum has shown that half of the employees struggle with mental health issues and the number increased substantially during the 14 months of the pandemic. Nevertheless, the rise of the COVID-19 cases has decreased in many countries, many people still struggle with mental health issues.

The platforms are newly emerging technologies and this particular platform was launched after 41% of the Unum workers said they want their employer to make mental health a priority. The platform guides workers with different types of support such as clinical treatment options and vast amounts of resources on how to deal with stress. Moreover, within 24 hours employees are matched with a licensed therapist or a coach and the expenses are covered by the company.

Consequently, this is a revolutionary invention as it increases the productivity of the workers and promotes the mental well-being of the employees.

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