One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point in their life . Whilst mental health problems are very common, most are mild, tend to be short-term and can be successfully treated. Yet, only one in eight people with a mental health condition are receiving appropriate treatment .
Psynergy Mental Health was founded to address this problem. We envision a future where everyone can be given effective interventions for mental health problems that are specific to them and can deliver both predictive and positive outcomes.
Poor mental health not only has major long-term effects on individuals, but has major financial consequences for businesses . We aim to help relieve this burden for individuals and organisations as a whole.
Our Psynergy Mental Wellness Programme is designed for forward-thinking organisations who wish to provide mental health services for their workforce and implement national mental health standards for dealing with mental health problems . Overall, we want organisations to foster the most productive and prosperous environment possible.
The major cost of mental health to employers
Recent large-scale reports have highlighted the significant cost of poor mental health to UK businesses and the economy as a whole [1, 2, 3]. The statistics are staggering.
Poor mental health in the workplace costs businesses up to £45 billion . These costs can be attributed to a combination of absenteeism (an employee's intentional or habitual absence from work), presenteeism (working whilst sick) and staff turnover.
Since the last major report in 2017 , there has been a rise in presenteeism, where individuals choose to attend work despite poor mental health but are unproductive in the work they do. Therefore, although sickness absence has fallen, the costs of presenteeism have risen.
When considering this against the number of those currently employeed within the UK, this equates to an average cost per employee of £1,652 per year, regardless if the individual is deemed to be ill. The below figure shows how this can be broken down by industry, with some industries being more affected than others.
However, there is also cause for optimism and early mental health interventions in the workplace are both highly effective and therefore have a huge potential for return on investment with an average of 5:1 .
- For every £1 spent on reactive mental health support, there is a £3 return to employers.
- For every £1 spent on proactive mental health support, there is a £5 return to employers.
- For every £1 spent on organisation wide culture and awareness raising, there is a £6 return to employers.
On the best types of interventions for return on investment :
"Employers should screen individuals to provide targets and early-stage support to prevent their mental condition from worsening."
This is precisely what we aim to achieve as part of our Psynergy Mental Wellness Programme.
Why get involved with us?
It is an employer's duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business. At Psynergy Mental Health, we work with organisations to do whatever they can feasibly do to achieve this.
The Psynergy Mental Wellness Programme is specifically designed to proactively benefit the mental health of everyone in the organisation. We also enable workers within the organisation to have their say so that we can together foster the most productive and prosperous environment as possible.
Moreover, we ensure that users are given the appropriate recommendations so that mental health challenges can be addressed. We do this by combining the most up-to-date scientific methods with a human-centred approach.
How to use our services
We tailor our Psynergy Mental Wellness Programme directly to the organisation. We include bespoke package details depending on your specific requirements.
Our work with the NHS
In April 2020, Psynergy Mental Health and the grounded research team Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humbar (RDaSH) NHS Foundation Trust entered into a partnership, for the purposes of research and evaluation.
About our research partnership with RDASH
As part of our partnership, we shall be conducting innovative research for the purposes of improving the ways in which clinicians can understand objective measures of patient mental health.
We will research how electroencephalography (EEG) can be used in routine clinical practice. We are particularly interested in replicating findings in the wider scientific literature regarding the following areas:
- How clinicians determine the most effective outpatient psychotherapy for patients.
- Helping clinicians predict treatment responses to particular treatments, such as antidepressent medications, in an objective fashion that can be monitored over time.
- How we understand and characterise mental health conditions, in an objective way, by phenotyping patients.
What is the Psynergy Mental Wellness programme?
We believe that to understand mental wellness you need a holistic understanding that is both subjective and objective. This is why we combine both a subjective and objective component to our programme, so that we can understand our users in a more precise way.
As part of our programme, we integrate a range of validated ways to assess mental health, including an adapted mental health assessment, mental health diagnostic screens, personality metrics, cognitive testing and brain activity measures.
All data are kept completely anonymously, and are accessible via our secure platform.
The following sections constitute the programme:
- An online workplace survey for those who work within the organisation
- An online Part I: subjective assessment
- An in-person Part II: objective assessment
- An in-person feedback and discussion session for both employees and the organisation, with data-driven reporting
Principally, this survey enables us to understand the workplace environment and culture that contributes to the work-life balance of those within the organisation.
The workplace survey is in line with the most up-to-date national guidelines and recommendations for how to assess workplace standards .
Part I: Subjective assessment
Following the workplace survey, everyone in the organisation is invited to start the Part I subjective assessment online.
Questions from the Part I include gathering some demographic information, mental health history, medical background and medically validated screening questions to help us have a broader contextual understanding of the individual.
Part II: Objective assessment
Following the Part I subjective assessment, everyone in the organisation is invited to book their in-person Part II objective assessment.
The Part II uses scientifically-validated cognitive tasks and electroencephalography (EEG) brain monitoring to give us an objective account of cognition and brain functioning.
To conclude the programme, we generate a comprehensive report containing all the results of the programme. This is delivered via the individual's secure Psynergy account.
Subsequently, we conduct a personal one-on-one feedback discussion with the user. This gives us an opportunity to explain all the results and inform the user as to specific interventions they can access through us, in addition to sign posting toward further available services. Our signposting is highly specific to the individual.
There are a wide number of possible interventions that can help users depending on the user wishes and intentions.
The finalised report is made accessible through the user's secure online Psynergy account and is fully downloadable.
Our Scientific approach
We undertake the following assessments as part of our programme:
- An adapted mental health assessment
- Medical history, including previous diagnoses and treatment responses
- Mental health screens
- Personality measures
- Cognitive tests
- Brain activity measures at rest and task
We bring together this multi-dimensional information, in line with the Research Domain Criteria, and use this to best suggest suitable interventions for the user. In the future, we hope to publish our outcome data in peer-reviewed journals and contribute to the wider scientific community. In particular, we hope to contribute toward the field of data-driven mental health, utilising machine learning to augment health-related decision making [1, 2].
All our users are given the very explicit option to allow us to use their data for scientific research. All data are confidential and permissions can be revoked at any time within the user's secure Psynergy account.