Coronavirus resource spotlight: Big Health’s mental health tools

The company is giving employers free access to its Daylight and Sleepio tools during the crisis.
By: | May 5, 2020 • 2 min read

Here’s a look at Big Health’s mental health resources—now available free of charge for employers during the pandemic.

What it is: Big Health’s Daylight and Sleepio apps

The digital health app company’s tools include Daylight, its website and app that aims to help users navigate stress and worry; and Sleepio, its app that provides tools to improve sleep. The apps are often used by employers as a benefit offering for their employees. Big Health is currently providing its products at no cost to employers during the coronavirus crisis to “allow them to rapidly offer essential mental health benefits to their teams,” the company says. Employers can email ceo@bighealth.com for access.

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Why it’s helpful: Even at the best of times, access to effective mental healthcare is a challenge, says Big Health CEO Peter Hames. And in today’s uncertain environment, it’s even more difficult.

“With stay-at-home orders and with telehealth providers overwhelmed, right now the gap between the need for and provision of evidence-based mental health support has never been bigger,” he says. “Our digital therapeutics can fill that gap. Since our products are fully digital, they can provide effective, evidence-based mental healthcare at a huge scale very efficiently—without employees needing to leave their homes or engage in human contact.”

Other insights: With employees more stressed than ever, the coronavirus pandemic is putting a spotlight on employees’ mental health. The situation may stand to change how employers deliver mental health resources and benefits in a big way.

“Benefits leaders have historically been in a tough spot when it comes to mental health—it’s a sensitive area to navigate, especially in the workplace, and traditionally, solutions have either been underwhelming or low engagement,” Hames says. “With the next generation of digital therapeutics such as ours, I’m hopeful that benefits leaders now have a valuable tool to bridge that gap in a way that’s effective, efficient and appropriate for the work environment.”

For more free benefits resources, check out this list from HRE.

Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver. She can be reached at kmayer@lrp.com.