Free access to mental wellbeing platform for medical and emergency workers during Covid-19
Friday, 3 April 2020
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine have partnered with 87%, and alongside a team of psychologists, built a fully customised mental wellbeing app specific to the needs of emergency physicians. All Fellows and Members will receive free access for the duration of the year, to allow them to monitor and track their wellbeing throughout this especially difficult time.
RCEM has invested in this custom platform for their 9,400 members in an effort to help them manage their mental wellbeing during these unprecedented times, and will be supporting a significant portion of Britain’s front line emergency medicine community.
With funding from the Aviva Foundation, 87% and its shareholders have allocated funds to offer free access to the 87% platform to support them through these toughest of times, and through to the end of the year.
Members and staff will gain full access to the RCEM/ 87% app containing custom content, daily interactions, weekly mental fitness reports and a podcast series.
The rapid spread of Covid-19 worldwide is creating unprecedented levels of uncertainty and change in both business and personal lives. We can see this is already having materially adverse effects on mental health.
Members of RCEM are literally on the front line putting their lives and mental wellbeing at risk every day for the benefit of society.
It is critical that during this crisis, mental wellbeing is prioritised alongside physical wellbeing. The 87% vision is simply to improve employee mental wellbeing resilience and indirectly benefit that of society in general.
In addition to emergency services, 87% is playing its part by offering tangible support to SME’s, namely those businesses and their employees who are particularly feeling the impact of the current pandemic and often who may have constrained resources. More than 70 small businesses have been provided the mental wellbeing platform, for free, and the offer still stands.
The 87% business is comprised of a team of experts in Psychology, Technology and Business. Their focus is on improving mental wellbeing in the workforce whilst maintaining the absolute privacy and trust of the individual.
The benefits from using the platform accrue not only directly to end users but also to the each organisation through improved engagement and productivity.
“We’re pleased to be able to offer this to our members. Their mental health and wellbeing is a priority for the College, and is especially important in these challenging times. We hope that this app will help support them.” Gordon Miles, CEO, The Royal College of Emergency Medicine
“It’s crucial that our colleagues have access to good mental wellbeing support during this time. We are working hard to get some great resources on resilience and mental health into the hands of our Members.” Dr Katherine Henderson, President, The Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
“We believe that business has a pivotal role to play at this time. Only through measuring a company’s overall mental wellbeing can organisations support the mental wellbeing of their key resource, their people. Employees’ mental and physical wellness needs to be top of the agenda. Resilient mental health can help individuals and therefore their families and society cope better with the uncertainty and worry that unforeseen crises like the Covid-19 bring.” Andy Bibby, CEO, 87%
“We are proud to be supporting RCEM at this very difficult time. The front-line members of the global community are selflessly and tirelessly putting their own wellbeing and indeed health at risk for the benefit of society. It is our duty to support the College and its members in any way possible” Richard Glynn, Chairman, 87%