Starbucks offers employees mental health therapy
Healthcare and coffee now go hand in hand.
Over recent years awareness of how mental health affects people's lives has grown exponentially. Thanks to non-stop advertisement on social media, in commercials and throughout communities widespread knowledge of the subject is greater than ever.
Knowledge, of course, is power; and it's pressure from such campaigns that has led the world on the way to real change, where people suffering from detrimental mental health are receiving more and more recognition from those around them.
Unfortunately, as with almost everything in the modern age, the most beneficial options of support come with a hefty price tag. Few health agencies are able (or willing, depending how cynical you are) to fund long-term help, so it can only be viewed as gracious that businesses are becoming increasingly willing to throw their money bags into the ring.
Starbucks is one of the latest firms to offer genuine mental health support to those who need it.
Employees of the coffee chain (and members of their families) are now eligible to receive twenty free therapy sessions a year to tackle any mental health difficulties they might be facing.
Launching in the US on 4th April, Starbucks has teamed up with healthcare firm Lyra Health to fulfil this expansion to their well-being commitments. The company already offers services including free subscriptions to a meditation app and an online forum with over 5,000 members.
As well as free coffee, Starbucks have evidently started to make some progress in taking the mental health of its workers seriously. With pressure only mounting higher, it is surely just a matter of time before other organisations expand their well-being support and comprehensively show their value of their employees.