Mental Health Coaching Poised to Help the Rising Number of People Dealing with COVID-19 Stress
BURLINGAME, Calif. – May 6, 2020 – Lyra Health today announced the publication of a real-world evidence study in the journal Telemedicine and eHealth. The study shows cognitive behavioral coaching is highly effective for reducing stress and improving well-being. The research comes at a time when more than 60 percent of Americans are feeling stress and worry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cognitive Behavioral Coaching (CBC) is one key offering — in addition to therapy and medication management — included in Lyra’s comprehensive mental health benefits solution for employers. According to the study — Effectiveness of a Cognitive Behavioral Coaching Program Delivered via Video in Real World Settings — which included nearly 300 people and is one of the first CBC studies conducted outside of a lab in a real-world setting, key benefits of this type of evidence-based coaching included:
“Employers should not underestimate the impact COVID-19 will continue to have on their workforce’s stress levels and overall mental health,” said Connie Chen, Chief Medical Officer at Lyra Health. “This study shows that mental health coaching is a viable, cost-effective solution for employers looking to provide the best possible care for their workforce at a time when stress levels are at their peak due to the pandemic.”
The study, which was conducted as a retrospective study using existing registry data from Lyra and its partners for delivering coaching services, further reinforces that CBC holds the potential to:
Lyra’s mental health coaches are highly vetted and undergo rigorous, ongoing training in evidence-based care techniques that are grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy best practices. These specially trained coaches support Lyra Health members who have lower-level symptoms but still face real mental health challenges in their daily lives. CBC focuses on the development of skills that help members reduce their symptoms and become more self-sufficient.
By Lyra Health