Is Telehealth The New Secret Weapon To Company Mental Health?

April 12, 2021

Excessive wait times and a spike in demand for mental healthcare during Covid has given birth to an innovative experience: mental telehealth.  And in an effort to support employees, forward-thinking employers have begun to offer this service as part of their employee benefit packages.

So what does this service look like? Mental telehealth typically includes the patient services in highest demand — virtual talk therapy, psychiatric medication, and mental health education.

Concerning statistics, such as 40 percent of Americans struggling with mental health during the pandemic, have led many companies to announce new ways they are supporting mental health in the workplace – improving employee care, corporate productivity and perhaps, even becoming chic, given the latest workforce reports:

  • Mental and neurological disorders are a leading cause of disability in the United States.
  • In a 2019 survey of 1,500 respondents, 61% said their productivity at work was affected by their mental health and over 50% said cost and poor insurance coverage are key barriers to accessing mental healthcare.
  • And mental health is experienced differently by age in the workforce since the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a recent survey of 1,400 workers, a generational difference exists among those most likely to face mental health issues: Gen Z: 71%, Millennials: 59%, Gen X: 36% and Baby Boomers: 22%.

Now, with more people beginning to head back to the workplace after working remotely — or not working at all — during the pandemic, profound changes must be made in how they approach employees’ psychological and emotional well-being, advocates say.

While many California companies are prioritizing mental health, what is stopping some from offering expanded mental health support, despite the rise of mental health needs, and the proliferation of mental telehealth alternatives available?

Reasons commonly cited by employers include:

  • Perceived stigma toward individuals with mental health conditions. Employees harbor concerns that if they used company mental health benefits, their careers may suffer, which would leave these benefits unused.
  • Privacy limitations make it difficult for companies to measure the positive impact these benefits have had on their employee population.
  • Navigating a new territory of employee benefits and not knowing where to begin.
  • Companies already having insurance-based plans in place that include psychologists and psychiatrists for employees to access; they believe they can’t afford the incremental cost to add additional company-funded services.

What some employers fail to factor into their decision is the ease and convenience of these newer mental telehealth services. Individuals can often get video appointments within 24 hours from the comfort of their home — days, nights and weekends — while many insurance-based offerings can take weeks to months for an appointment, and have availability only during work hours.

Remedy, a telepsychiatry company based in Los Angeles, was founded by Dr. Kirsten Thompson because she wanted to make psychiatric mental care more accessible to all needing help.  Remedy provides psychiatric medication telehealth care for adults in California (expanding to other states in future) for all symptoms including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, bipolar, insomnia and more from the comfort of one’s home – days, nights or weekends; and is encouraging California business owners to expand support for their employees to include mental health. Remedy recently launched an effort targeted to companies to offer their employees affordable access to medication treatment services to meet their employee mental health support needs.

With mental health being the most important driver of productivity and happiness, companies are now realizing that offering improved mental health benefits is a clear win-win for both employees and the business. The disconnect is that our current insurance-based system is over-taxed, so companies relying on their existing medical insurance offerings are unknowingly behind the times and under supporting their staff. Luckily, many new telehealth companies have arisen to fill the gaps- but employers need to be aware of this deficit, and then take action.”

–       Dr. Kirsten Thompson, Founder & Supervising Psychiatrist, Remedy

If employee mental health becomes normalized as part of the business culture just as quarterly performance reviews and professional development, organizations will be rewarded with higher performance, fewer disability claims, and reduced employee turnover.

Sources:

https://jamanetwork.com/channels/health-forum/fullarticle/2770050

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/coronavirus/survey-nearly-half-us-workers-suffer-mental-health-issues-during-pandemic-178105

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness.shtml

https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/healthcare-systems-and-services/our-insights/mental-health-in-the-workplace-the-coming-revolution

 

 

 

 

 

Is Your Body Wash Microbiome-Friendly Certified?

April 9, 2021

CRUDE, a leader in the personal care industry, is designed to cleanse, protect, heal, and balance the skin’s natural microbiome.

They just rebranded with a focus on their roots while simultaneously challenging the industry’s approach to everything from inflammatory skin disease and the hunger for beautifully crafted products, to climate change and diversity and inclusion in the beauty industry.

As part of the rebranding effort, CRUDE is relaunching the product assortment and website to include a content hub called SOUL, or School of UnLearning.

There, CRUDE collaborates with experts and advocates across industries to dive deep into three content pillars – Skin, Wellness, and Activism – exploring the topics through a holistic, science-based, and intersectional lens. Paving the way as leaders in the emerging microbiome-friendly market, CRUDE is using this opportunity to educate consumers on letting their skin and nature thrive.

“The rebrand is a realignment. We wanted to celebrate the biodiversity that enriches our microbiomes and planet – our very lives – and also have that reflected in the brand itself, from our packaging and website to the models we use, partners we collaborate with, and the makeup of our internal team,” said Denise Cartwright, founder of CRUDE.

In conjunction with the rebrand, CRUDE’s soap-free cleansers, Wash and Cleanse, were tested by MyMicrobiome, an independent, third-party lab with the world’s first seal for microbiome quality.

After measuring the cleansers’ microbial quality and impact on the skin’s natural bacterial diversity, tests confirmed both are microbiome-friendly. Further, the lab confirmed that Wash is the first certified microbiome-friendly body wash and baby wash in the world. Using 100% certified organic, botanical ingredients to heal, nourish, and protect the skin, CRUDE is setting a new standard in skincare.

Currently, CRUDE consists of six products, and three bundles with price points ranging from $12-$40 for single products and $60-$135 for bundles. All products are also multi-use driving on their sustainable mission (cleansers act as moisturizers all-in-one) leading to less waste in our landfills and oceans.

As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” Such is the case with CRUDE, a leading microbiome-friendly skincare company founded by Master Esthetician, Denise Cartwright. Uniquely situated at the intersection of beauty, wellness, and activism, CRUDE products are designed to restore the body to its natural state without the use of harsh detergents or synthetic chemicals which can irritate the skin and disrupt its microbiome. Comprising six products, CRUDE launched with rave reviews from coast to coast in 2014. Now, CRUDE has undergone a rebrand designed to embrace its holistic, intersectional, science-based roots while simultaneously challenging the industry’s approach to everything from inflammatory skin disease and the hunger for beautifully crafted products, to climate change and diversity and inclusion in the beauty industry. Created with the modern consumer wholly in mind, their irreverent new tagline says it all, CRUDE invites consumers to unf*ck their flora and let their nature thrive.

5 Thing To Know Before You Move In Los Angeles

April 2, 2021

Moving can be a daunting and tiring process. I did it in 2019 and it was a big big deal. The stress and anxiety that it produces can be so overwhelming that most people hate even hearing about it. However, if moving, in general, is tricky, moving in LA is a whole new level of tough. Whether you are just moving a few blocks down or changing neighborhoods completely, moving in the City of Angels is truly something else.

Read on to find out what makes LA so unique regarding moving and make your move as seamless as possible.

LA Is Crazy Expensive

Everyone knows that moving takes a significant amount of money. However, many people don’t realize how expensive moving in Los Angeles actually is. The cost depends on many things: moving supplies, hiring a moving company, the cost of fixing up your old place, and so on.

The Cost of Moving and Moving Supplies Can Wipe You

The cost of moving mainly depends on how big your current place is. Moving out of a studio apartment costs around $395+. Then the prices rise steadily depending on how many rooms your home has, and they reach $1595+ for three-bedroom houses or apartments.

You also need to think about moving supplies. You will need to buy boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, tape, and so on. Though these expenses might seem insignificant, they will take a lot out of your budget without you even noticing.

Fixing Up Your Old Place So You Can Get Your Deposit Back!

Besides thinking about your new apartment, you also need to take care of the place you are leaving behind. That includes cleaning it, fixing anything you might have broken that was your responsibility, and so on.

You Need to Hire a Mover Which Is A Thing In Itself

According to LA moving company, Oz Moving, that have been in the business for a long time, moving on your own in LA is close to impossible. That is especially the case if you are moving from one part of the town to the other.

In such cases, you will need a way to drive all your belongings to your new address safely. You will also need help carrying everything up the stairs and into your new place. Though it might seem like your family and friends can help you out with this, having a professional team might be a safer plan.

You Need to Clear Your Move-In Ahead of Time

It is essential that you tell your landlord when you plan to move in. Doing so will allow you to book the elevator on time, as it is usually in high demand in big buildings.

Telling the building management about your move on time is vital even if your building does not have an elevator. It will ensure you don’t move in at the same time as someone else, which would be messy.

You Need to Plan and Pack On Time

No matter how boring it might seem, making a detailed plan is essential to moving in LA without losing your mind. Before you start doing anything, you need to sit down, get a notebook, and write down everything you need to do and buy. That way, you will make sure you stay on top of everything and don’t forget anything.

The same goes for packing. You need to start well ahead of time, and you need to do it methodically. Donate anything you don’t need, organize your boxes logically, and you should be fine. Additionally, use colorful markers or post-its to make everything a bit more fun and to remember where everything is better.

You Need to Get Insurance

Moving insurance or valuation is a good thing, no matter where you are moving. However, it is a must in LA. Make sure you discuss your plan with the moving company you hire, so you know where you stand in case your belongings get damaged.

Even if you have to pay a little extra cash to get it, we recommend that you do. That way, you’ll be at peace, no matter what happens during the move.

As you have read, moving to LA indeed is special in comparison to moving in any other city. Hopefully our little guide helps you understand just how much. If you use all our suggestions and tips, moving might go from stressful and tiring to exciting and fun. Good luck, and happy moving.

A Phone Upgrade Hack You Can’t Resist

March 31, 2021

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Pick-me-ups come in all shapes and sizes, in this case – the size of a phone case. I must admit, a new phone case perks me up more than a new phone. When my case is cute as heck, my mood boosts right up. As it should, I am looking at it all day (and through the night, cuz I’m a mess and don’t sleep).

www.zgla.com. They are super cute, high quality, embroidered cases. So many fun styles. Let me know what you think 😊

GROOMEDLA and is for 20% off all products through 5/31!

Mellö For Daily Maintenance Of Mind, Body, Mood

March 27, 2021

Daily maintenance for mind, body, and mood.

Loving this magnesium product from NED.

Mellö is specifically formulated to replenish your body’s magnesium levels at a cellular level, simply and naturally, while regulating feelings of stress and anxiety and their associated physical symptoms. I love popping this in a glass of water in the evening.

WHAT:

Mellö is a powerful daily magnesium supplement to propel memory, mood, brain function, stress response, sleep, energy, and nerve and muscle health.  

Mellö nourishes every inch of your body with a proprietary superblend of 3 forms of chelated magnesium, L-theanine, GABA, and over 70 trace minerals, specially formulated for whole-body—and brain — absorption.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

Magnesium lactate gluconate, Magtein® magnesium L-threonate, Aquamin magnesium citrate, L-theanine, GABA, trace minerals, birch xylitol, monkfruit, citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, purple carrot*, organic flavoring*.

There’s magnesium — and then there’s Mellö

MIND

Boost memory and brain function.

BODY

Support nerve + muscle health, restful sleep and regularity.

MOOD

Promote calmness and a healthy stress response.

WHO: 

The founders, Ret and Adriaan. Read more over on their site!

Ned® is the result of two friends, Ret and Adriaan, who started in different places arriving at the same destination. For years, we’d been living lives that left us feeling empty, bewildered, and disconnected. It wasn’t just us – everyone around us seemed beset by anxiety, stress, device addiction, you name it. The so-called solutions – pills, paychecks, more consumerism – seemed only to address the symptoms, never the underlying issues. Something about this way of life just wasn’t working.