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Study shows tech-based program improves workers’ mental health, productivity

Employers are spending millions of dollars on programs to improve the mental well-being of their employees, though it’s not always clear how well the programs are working.

A new peer-reviewed study is showing that at least one program is making a difference.

Published June 9 in JAMA Network Open, the study found improvements in mental health in nearly 70% of the participants in a workplace program developed by New York-based startup Spring Health. The study also found that companies saved money using the Spring Health program, a factor likely to weigh more heavily as employers confront inflation and other financial pressures in the months ahead.  

The study examined 1,132 people using the Spring Health platform to address anxiety or depression between January 2018 and January 2021. Among those who disclosed their gender, nearly three-quarters, or 71.8%, were women. About three-fifths, or 57.8% were White. The average age was 32.9.

As a result of interventions arranged through Spring Health, 69.3% of the participants saw improvements in their mental health. The study also found that participants missed fewer days of work and were more productive at work, resulting in average savings of $7,000 per participant…