Supporting Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s important to talk about the various ways that mental health affects people in the workplace. It’s a month dedicated to educating, promoting positive conversations and ending the stigmas surrounding mental health.

It’s crucial for companies to understand how they can create a healthy workplace environment that supports employee mental health. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s explore some of the ways you can support your employees and become a mental health ally.

An article published by the Harvard Business Review reported that, “To be a mental health ally at work is to help those struggling with mental health issues feel valued and needed. This can have positive long-term benefits, including increased employee engagement, productivity, and loyalty. Strengthening and deepening relationships between colleagues can also benefit the broader employee community. When we’re supported, we’re also often eager to support others, creating a virtuous self-reinforcing cycle.”

At LYLA, we’ve seen the incredible impact that providing support to employees has on companies as a whole. When you take care of those that take care of your company, your workplace environment becomes a positive one.

Everyday Practices

Supporting the mental health of the people around you is sometimes as simple as checking in. We’ve grown accustomed to answering questions like, ‘How are you feeling?’ or ‘How was your day?’, with simple pleasantries that are oftentimes untrue. Openness and transparency is key when it comes to feeling supported and conquering mental health stigmas.

Prepare yourself to be more vulnerable and empathetic when doing employee check-ins! When you share your honest experiences with your coworkers and employees, it opens the door to building deeper relationships and establishes a foundation of trust within your workplace. And if your employees are vulnerable with you in return, ask how you can help! Feeling heard and understood is imperative when it comes to mental health conversations.

Education and Resources

Mental health awareness in the workplace is essential for employees to be able to identify symptoms of mental illness and feel comfortable seeking help. Mental health education can take many forms, from informational sessions led by mental health professionals to workshops on stress management and self-care.

By providing mental health education in the workplace, employers can create a more supportive environment, help employees to thrive and can also help employees to understand how to support each other in the workplace.

Many companies offer Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) to help support employee mental health. However, when it comes to resources that are successful at making a positive change in the workplace, it’s become clear that traditional EAPs often fall short.

We emerged during the coronavirus pandemic to get ahead of employee burnout and help with their mental health in a way that traditional Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) have not been able to. By combining artificial intelligence with an empathetic human touch, LYLA offers personalized solutions to today’s most pressing personal needs.

Sometimes the little things, like the stress of scheduling doctors appointments or making dinner reservations, can have just as big of an impact on mental health as monumental life events. We’ve accomplished over 7 billion tasks to help alleviate the everyday stressors of employees, so they have more time to focus on what really matters.

At LYLA, mental health awareness and support is a cause near and dear to our hearts every month. This May, take the time to think about ways you can help support your employees mental health and create an accepting, positive workplace environment.

Interested in learning about how LYLA can help your employees? We’d love to hear from you!

A LYLA Shoutout To All The Moms For Mother’s Day

While we should show our moms how much we appreciate them every day, Mothers Day is a great opportunity to go above and beyond to make them feel loved and appreciated. This year, Mother’s Day is May 8th, which means it’s time to start thinking about the perfect way to say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ to all of the amazing moms out there!

Whether you’re a mom yourself or just have a great one, it’s time to celebrate. These LYLA-approved gift ideas and fun activities have got you covered, so take a look and get inspired! From our LYLA family to yours, we wish all of the moms out there a very happy Mother’s Day.

A Quick Getaway!

With life slowly starting to return back to normal after the pandemic, a getaway might be just what your mom needs this Mother’s Day. Even if it’s just for a day or two, grab your mom and head somewhere special to spend some quality time together without all the distractions of everyday life.

We can help you with everything from travel and accommodations, to making sure your pets are well taken care of while you’re away!

A Day Out

One of the best ways to celebrate Mother’s Day is to let Mom relax and take it easy. If Mom usually does the cooking, offer to make breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Better yet, prepare all her favorite meals!

If cooking isn’t your thing, you can pack some snacks for a picnic in the park, go for a hike, or spend the day relaxing at her favorite spot.

Go to the Spa!

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to give mom some much needed time off, and a spa is the most glamorous way to do so. We’ve done the research to find you all of the best spas in your area, so all you have to do is check the LYLA app and relax. If you’re on a budget, not to fear! We can also help find you ways to turn your home into the ultimate spa.

Lastly, of course, don’t forget the flowers! A bouquet of Mom’s favorite blooms is always a welcome gift. Whatever you do, make sure it comes from the heart and that Mom knows how much you appreciate her!

April is Stress Awareness Month

The month of April is dedicated to raising awareness, and having important conversations about stress. Learning different ways to cope with and handle stress is the key to making a long-lasting, positive lifestyle change.

There are so many different kinds and levels of stress, and in recent years, workplace stress has been at an all time high.

“Some 57% of U.S. and Canadian workers reported feeling stress on a daily basis, up by eight percentage points from the year prior and compared with 43% of people who feel that way globally, according to Gallup’s 2021 report.” – Jennifer Liu, CNBC

The coronavirus pandemic forced employees worldwide to adapt to a huge shift in workplace environments almost instantly. Suddenly, our lives transitioned further away from a traditional ‘9-5’ workday… and into the 24/7 workday we now know. This 24/7 workday makes it near impossible to maintain a healthy work/life balance, and is one of the many reasons there is an increase in stress levels in the workplace.

Here at LYLA, we’ve grown our technology to create a 24/7 support system that helps you organize your 24/7 life. In fact, since we started in 2000, LYLA has saved an estimated 3 billion hours of free time for over 4 million customers, and has worked in more than 200 locations all over the world!

It’s time to put yourself first. Together, let’s spend this month working on reducing your stress and getting you back to doing what you love.

LYLA Ranks #8 – Fast Company’s ‘World’s Most Innovative Companies’ 2022!

We are so excited to announce that we ranked #8 on Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022!

This year’s list honors businesses that are making the biggest impact on their industries and culture as a whole—ultimately thriving in today’s ever-changing world. These companies are creating the future today with some of the most inspiring accomplishments of the 21st century. In addition to the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, 528 organizations are recognized across 52 categories.

LYLA emerged during the coronavirus pandemic to get ahead of employee burnout and help with their mental health in a way that traditional Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) have not been able to.

“When the pandemic hit, it was one of those ‘aha’ moments,” said Marsha McVicker, Founder and CEO of LYLA. “We found the Employee Assistance Programs our clients had in place were not meeting the needs of their employees, and we were in a position to provide them with real solutions.”

LYLA now outperforms traditional EAPs by 300%. By combining artificial intelligence with an empathetic human touch, LYLA offers personalized solutions to today’s most pressing personal needs. From finding the perfect nanny to getting tires repaired during an emergency and stepping in when tragedy hits, LYLA never leaves the side of those it serves.

Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out the most groundbreaking businesses across the globe and industries. The World’s Most Innovative Companies is their signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy.

“The world’s most innovative companies play an essential role in addressing the most pressing issues facing society, whether they’re fighting climate change by spurring decarbonization efforts, ameliorating the strain on supply chains, or helping us reconnect with one another over shared passions,” said Fast Company Deputy Editor David Lidsky.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March/April 2022) is available online here, as well as in-app form via iTunes, and on newsstands beginning March 15. The hashtag is #FCMostInnovative.

Join us in celebrating this huge accomplishment!  We’d like to thank the entire LYLA team, and all of our users, whose hard work and dedication has made this honor possible.

LYLA Celebrates Women’s History Month 2022

March is officially Women’s History Month. It’s a month dedicated to celebrating women’s contributions and accomplishments throughout American history, and looking forward to future achievements.

Gender equality has always been a hot topic. In the last 100 years, we’ve seen more women in politics, powerful female entrepreneurs and female artists changing the creative industry. While these contributions have changed what it means to be a woman in modern day, true gender equality in North America isn’t expected until 2084.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021 indicates that closing the gender gap varies by country and continent. At the current relative pace, gender gaps can be closed in 52.1 years in Western Europe, 61.5 years in North America, 68.9 years in Latin America and the Caribbean and in all other regions of the world it will take over 100 years to close the gender gap.

Supporting and acknowledging intersectional groups of women is imperative to making progress in the fight to close the gender gap worldwide.

“… intersectional feminism is the understanding of how women’s overlapping identities — including race, class, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation — impact the way they experience oppression and discrimination.” – USA Today

Women’s History Month is dedicated to celebrating all women. LYLA’s partnerships with minority and women-owned businesses, are providing access to potential customers and to data that, on their own, they couldn’t have access to. We’re boosting their visibility, sending clients directly to them, and improving their sustainability as small businesses.

As a female owned and operated organization, LYLA is dedicated to continuing to support our clients in their daily and professional lives–it’s the core of our foundation.

This month, let’s celebrate the many contributions and accomplishments of all women by supporting female and minority-owned businesses, educating ourselves on women’s history, and doing our best to make the future of female stronger than ever before.

Check out the LYLA app for more ways to get involved with Women’s History Month.

Black History Month And Wellness

Black History Month is dedicated to celebrating and honoring the many contributions and sacrifices made by the Black community throughout United States history.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) designates a new theme each year, and this year’s focus is on the importance of Black health and wellness- a theme that is especially important as we enter our third year of the coronavirus pandemic.

ASALH describes this year’s theme as one that “acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.”

The Black community has suffered a long history of disparities when it comes to health and wellness. These disparities are largely due to the inaccessibility to resources and insurance, as well as the lack of diversity in healthcare facilities. This year’s theme is meant to inspire the Black community to think deeply about their physical and mental health, and ultimately make positive changes for overall Black wellness.

At LYLA, we know the importance of health and wellness. We are honoring Black History Month and doing our best to inspire positive change through connections. We can connect you with healthcare resources, highlight Black-owned businesses, connect you with organizations supporting equality and the Black community, and even help take care of things at home so you can prioritize your health and wellness.

Want to learn more about Black History Month? Check out these organizations:


Love is in the air at LYLA!

Roses are red, violets are blue, LYLA is here to help YOU! We often put a lot of pressure on ourselves around Valentine’s Day. LYLA is here to remind you that Valentine’s Day is not just about celebrating relationships, it’s about celebrating love!

Whether you’re headed into this Valentine’s with someone special, looking for family-friendly activities, or planning an epic girl’s night- we’ve got you covered. Check out these fun ideas guaranteed to make Valentine’s Day 2022 extra-special!

Something Romantic!

Say “I love you!” with a weekend staycation! LYLA can help you find romantic hideaways for you and the one you love! From hotel rooms and gift ideas, to dinner reservations and flower arrangements, we’ll keep the stress away so the romance can stay!

Date night out vs. Date night in!

Valentine’s Day is on a Monday this year, which happens to feel like the least romantic day of the week. Don’t let the Monday blues ruin the mood. We’ve got ideas for even the busiest of couples.

For a date night out, let us make your reservations! We know all of the best places for your budget and mood.

If heading out sounds like a chore, let us turn your home into the perfect location for date night! Our app is the key to finding extra-special recipes, the best takeout, flowers, gift ideas and more!

Family fun!

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about romance, the most important thing is spending time with the ones you love. We’ve got plenty of fun family-friendly activities for the holiday! Head to our app and let us help you with fun craft ideas, Valentine’s Day recipes and planning game nights.

Girl’s Night!

Headed into this Valentine’s Day with the girls? Let us handle all things Galentine’s Day, so all you have to do is handle the invite list. From cocktail and food recipes, to reservations and gift ideas- an epic girls night is just a request away on the LYLA app.

Warm Weather Winter Vacation Destinations

Looking for a sign to book a warm-weather vacation? Here it is!

Whether you’re ready to use up those vacation days, or in need of a quick weekend getaway, let us do the planning. We’ve got you covered from finding the best hotels and travel deals, to making sure your pets and home are taken care of while you’re away.

All that’s left to do is pack your bags and hit the beach! Check out this list of LYLA-approved places to escape the January blues.

For a quick escape to the coast…

Hilton Head, SC

Experience true low-country living. Hilton Head Island is known for its gorgeous beaches, beautiful bike trails and fresh seafood.

Spend your days exploring the rich history of the island, relaxing at a spa or soaking up the sun on the beach. Hilton Head is a vacation destination with something for everyone!

Palm Springs, CA

Fresh air, fresh perspective in 2022! This is what visiting Palm Springs is all about.

During your stay, you can hike through the stunning Palm Springs canyons, relax poolside or uncover the hidden gems of shopping and dining experiences in town.

Miami, FL

Beautiful beaches, lively arts and unforgettable dining awaits in Miami. From white sand beaches and world-renowned spas, to some of the country’s top restaurants, there’s no shortage of things to do, or not do, in Miami.

Relax and unwind at the beach, or let loose and enjoy live-music performances and art shows on the town.

For a well-deserved week off…


Soak up the sun and experience the rich, diverse cultures of the Caribbean. Known for its beautiful beaches, reggae music and delicious jerk – Jamaica is an island-escape like no other.

Half jungle, half beaches, there’s plenty to explore on the colorful island.


Beaches, history and adventure, all just a short flight away from the US.

From relaxing at an all-inclusive beach resort, to getting your adrenaline pumping with outdoor adventures or exploring archeological sites, Mexico has it all.

Turks and Caicos

Turquoise waters and white sand beaches. The 40 islands and cays that make up the Turks and Caicos are one of the world’s best kept secrets.

Shopping, world-class spas and resorts, tranquil beaches and unique on-the-water adventures make a trip to the TCI a ‘must’ for 2022.

Take a vacation, you deserve it! No matter where you go, LYLA is here to help you customize the perfect vacation to fit your busy schedule and enjoy some much needed time off.

Burnout – An Occupational Health Issue

Let’s talk about burnout. Over the last two years, the world has undergone extreme change. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us feeling helpless, exhausted and completely out of control when it comes to work, especially in the healthcare industry. However, we continue to move forward, regardless of these feelings.

When we move forward without addressing and finding solutions to these feelings, we put ourselves at risk for experiencing burnout.


Today, there is a huge percentage of the working population leaving their jobs in search of better working conditions. This ‘Great Resignation’ is a result of the lack of support and understanding employees feel from their current workplace.

In fact, there has been a massive increase in employee strikes in companies nationwide. Healthcare employees worked long hours before the pandemic, but with the shortage of nurses and other healthcare professionals, they have worked even longer hours and even more shifts. These workers are in desperate need of their free time back.

In 2019, the World Health Organization officially recognized ‘burnout’ as an occupational health issue. It’s not a mental health illness, it is an issue that can be prevented and, with a strong support system, solved.

LYLA is a 24/7 support system made for employees. LYLA can reduce stress in the workplace, benefit mental wellbeing, and increase overall employee retention. We help employees handle the little things, and the big things, that contribute to burnout.

With LYLA, your employees can have their free time back, prioritize their mental health and ultimately become happier and more productive in the workplace.

It’s time to give your employees the support system they need to be successful. Get started with LYLA.

Help Your Team Bring Their Whole Selves to Work

How to do it and why it’s critical.

If you’ve been following our journey, you already know that at LYLA, we’ve always believed in order for our society to thrive, we need to bring our entire selves to work.

As of August 2021, 55% of the American workforce planned to leave their current roles within 12 months—and the need for greater flexibility was the top reason cited.

When we try to keep our lives neatly divided into separate boxes: work, family, spiritual life, wellness . . . that sort of compartmentalization only makes the struggle more arduous and the risk of burnout greater. We need to be able to deal with children, with aging parents, with our own physical and mental health . . . and we need our employers to provide the flexibility for us to move between those various life roles.

We’re not just workers.

We’re people. Fully-dimensional, complicated people.

And we work best when we don’t have to hide it.

LYLA provides a service that enables—and encourages—employees to live their full lives. Our app and 24/7 support center provide employers a way to acknowledge that their teams live rich, dynamic lives and that their employment is only one part of that.

When COVID changed the workplace last year, we realized we could be an integral part of the shift from supporting “workers” to supporting whole, real peopleregardless of where, when, or how those people get their work done.

We’ve been living in a constant state of flux: stay-at-home orders, working from home, new hours, reintroduction to the workplace, hybrid work. Throughout all of this, LYLA has been a constant for the employees we serve. Our commitment to accessibility has made it faster, safer, and easier for our clients’ employees to reach out for the help they need (all while protecting their privacy).

Through our personalized support and proactive programming, we’re reducing the stressors our users juggle. We handle all those little (and big) tasks that can make your employees feel like they’re not keeping their heads above water. By taking care of those projects, LYLA is getting ahead of the burnout and giving employees the breathing room they need to focus on what’s really important.

Everyone needs help sometimes. And the employees we serve know exactly where to turn when they need to find a dog walker for their day of back-to-back Zoom meetings. Or research local contractors when their plumbing goes out. Or ask for support resources for their child who’s struggling with the new school environment.

We support your employees in every facet of their lives—as whole humans, not just as workers. In fact, the average user leans on LYLA 3 times each month—and saves themselves approximately 16 hours in the process.

LYLA helps your employees feel supported, understood, and cared for. And with that support, they’re less likely to burn out. They’re more likely to feel satisfied with their work and their lives in general.

Simply by enrolling with LYLA, you can:

  • prevent burnout,
  • increase satisfaction, and
  • improve employee retention

All for less than what it would take for you to buy each employee one monthly Starbucks.

It’s time to support the fully-dimensional lives your employees live. Get started with LYLA.