On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Walgreens launched a new mental health initiative whose sole goal is to help connect people with mental health with resources and to screen millions of people for various mental health conditions.
Originally reported on Fortune, Walgreens teamed up with Mental Health America (MHA for short, which is a community based nonprofit organization that is dedicated to addressing the needs of people with mental health issues, to bring forward a new online application that is dedicated to providing screenings and information on conditions such as: anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia. With the goal of screening about three million people by the end of 2017, Walgreens and MHA’s collaborative site will connect to MHA’s free and scientifically based screenings that allow people to anonymously rate their conditions.
The launch marks a pretty significant step forward in raising awareness to not only mental health, but to May being the month of Mental Health Awareness which has gone severely unnoticed by the media for years. Mental Health Awareness is a popular subject currently and for good reason, one in four Americans are affected by mental health issues every year. According to Fortune, the Walgreens team had been working on the site for nearly two years with the goal being to provide customers with the right resources. Walgreens’ CMO Harry Leider had this to say, “supporting patients with treatments sounds mundane but it is incredibly important. It is a triple win. It helps patients get better, helps our bottom line, and ultimately helps lower medical costs for payers”
This is a really great and big step for those who suffer from mental illness and have found no real support in terms of a digital medium. We can only hope that more companies will follow the example being set by Walgreens and offer resources to those in need.