No. Our model is a subscription to an entire defined group supported by the institution (ex- Division of Cardiology, or Department of Surgery, or Residents in the Radiology Residency Program).
Our mission is to change the culture of medicine, and institutional support for an individually-harnessed intervention is a great way to accomplish this.
The subscription model is similar to an institution buying a license for UpToDate: the institution offers it, and then it’s up to the employees to use it as they need and see fit. The reason behind this is two-fold:
- Eligible participants decide if they want to participate, and when. Institutional subscription for the academic year (July-June), includes access to either or both the Fall (Sept-Dec) or Spring (Feb-May) cohort for ALL eligible participants.
- Anonymity matters. It’s important that eligible participants know that the program is confidential and that their participation (or not) is not known to their supervisors or leadership. Data shows that supervisors soliciting interest in a wellbeing intervention can be stigmatizing and paradoxically discourages access of mental health resources. We ask that you do NOT solicit interest in the program before offering it, but simply publicize it as “you all have access to this, and leadership/supervisors won’t know who accesses it and who does not.” This method allows for the essential establishment of a psychologically safe environment within Better Together, and increases the chances of robust participation and results for your participants.