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Podcast: A Digital Approach to Employee Mental Health

Many employers provide health benefits to their workers that go above and beyond the typical medical insurance. This may take the form of incentive programs for improving health, discounts on fitness centers, or employee assistance programs (EAPs) that provide various health-related services. But there’s a new star on the health horizon called LifeSpeak. This is an entire wellness platform that employers can make available to employees, giving them free, anonymous access to an enormous library of health information, discussion forums, and even live interaction with health experts on a variety of topics, including a great deal related to mental health.


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Employee Mental Health Show Highlights:

“The idea that somebody at any time can seek out information… completely anonymously, when they need it, is an amazing first step to be able to help themselves.” ~ Anna Mittag

[0:55]   What is LifeSpeak and what does it do?

[3:50]   Examples of LifeSpeak’s mental health resources.

[5:38]   LifeSpeak’s approach to mental health.

[8:13]   The effect of mental health on work attendance.

[13:56] Differences in how Canada and the US treat mental health in the workplace.

[20:54] Assistance in real time.

[24:08] How LifeSpeak finds experts.



About Our Guest

Anna Mittag (LL.B., BCL) is VP of Operations of LifeSpeak, a digital platform that offers employees around-the-clock access to a wide range of topics related to total well-being.

LifeSpeak on Twitter.

LifeSpeak website.


About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join.  To work with Gabe, please visit his website,




Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at and





Podcast: A Digital Approach to Employee Mental Health

Gabe Howard

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations, available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from the author. To learn more about Gabe, please visit his website,

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Howard, G. (2018). Podcast: A Digital Approach to Employee Mental Health. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 30, 2020, from
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