Location: United States
Ginger is an online mental health wellness platform for employees. Users can chat with a trained coach instantly, any day or time. The platform also provides online access to licensed therapists and psychiatrists, and over 100 online activities for learning about mental health and stress management.
Mental health issues have been on the rise for some time, and the uncertainty brought on by Covid-19 has caused stress and anxiety levels to further increase. According to Ginger’s report on workforce attitudes during the pandemic, 69% of employees have reported feeling more stress than ever before. Mental health support will be a key factor in getting employees through this period, something which UK startup Unmind is also concentrating on.
Ginger provides 24/7 online access to mental healthcare for employees and is currently used by companies such as Domino’s, BuzzFeed, and Sephora. Employees can immediately start a text conversation with a trained coach any time of day or night when they feel they could benefit from support – Within 60 seconds. If employees want an appointment with a licensed therapist or psychiatrist, one is often available within hours.
The coach can provide employees with clinically-validated skill-building activity cards to help teach long-term coping mechanisms. Users can work through guided meditation, preventing burnout, learn about the stress response, and many other topics which take around five minutes to complete.