EX Program by Truth Initiative joins forces with Sesh to bring digital mental health and tobacco addiction solutions to workplaces nationwide
New partnership to provide employers with easier access to people-powered public health resources
“As more people recognize the importance of taking care of their personal well-being, the links between smoking and mental health are especially important,” stated Dr. Amanda Graham, Chief of Innovations at Truth Initiative and head of the EX Program. “Depression, anxiety, and stress are some of the most common reasons that employees use tobacco and nicotine products. As an organization, we are focused on addressing these colliding crises of nicotine use and mental health, and that’s why this partnership with Sesh is such an important addition to addressing factors that we know make it hard to quit and stay quit.”
In 2020, about 47 million Americans – 19% of adults 18 and over – used some form of tobacco, most commonly cigarettes. Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S. and a leading driver of excess healthcare costs, absenteeism, and presenteeism for employers. Similarly in 2020, 21% of adults – or an estimated 50 million Americans –experienced some form of mental illness. Smoking is more common among adults with mental health conditions compared to those who don’t have one.
“The benefits of quitting smoking on mental health are clear. As we work to help employees combat stress, anxiety, and burnout, we knew we had to address tobacco use,” said Vittoria Lecomte, Sesh CEO and Founder. “Our partnership with EX Program speaks to our commitment to help employees address the full scope of factors that affect their mental health. We are excited to come together to add tobacco treatment to our offerings, so that we may better support our users throughout their mental health journey.”
Benefits of this new partnership for employers
Together, these services close the gap for much-needed mental health and tobacco addiction support for traditionally underserved and marginalized communities. Sesh therapists are culturally competent and include members of the BIPOC, Latino, LGBTQ+, and low-income communities. EX Program meets web accessibility guidelines, all content is written at a 6th grade reading level, and the program is fully available in Spanish. In addition, it addresses many of the social determinants of health that drive tobacco use, such as financial stress and social isolation.
Both programs deliver strong engagement rates and provide employers with real-time performance dashboards. The average engagement rate with Sesh is 25 percent, and among those who participate, employees average two sessions per month. Among EX Program clients who follow the program’s best practices, 90% of people who say they use tobacco enroll and 52% quit successfully.
About the EX Program by Truth Initiative
For more information on the EX Program, please visit theexprogram.com.
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