Is your benefits plan supporting your employee’s mental health?

More employees than ever suffer from mental health challenges including stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse. A well-designed employee benefits plan can help employees prevent, treat and recover from mental health challenges, returning employees (and businesses) to better health generally.

Here are three simple questions to ask when designing your employee health benefits plan:

Does your employee benefits plan support your employees’ mental health?

Access through your benefits plan to an Employee and Family Assistance program is one of the best ways to support the mental health. At GroupHEALTH, our employee and family assistance plans include live support services, free short-term counselling and access to online resources supporting overall well-being, available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Does your employee benefits plan support your employees’ mental-health related disability leave?

Having disability services included in your employee benefits plan helps support your employees and your employees. At GroupHEALTH, Disability Management Institute (DMI) assists both your employee and your business manage the leave, helping to secure treatment and create customized return-to-work plans. The sooner the employee returns to work, the more likely they are to return to pre-disability health.

Does your employee benefits plan help prevent mental health issues at the workplace?

Employers can build features into employee benefits plans that create incentives for employees to prevent mental health challenges. GroupHEALTH’s employee benefits plans can include access to mental-health positive resources like Wellness Accounts, paramedical coverage for massage therapy or psychologists, and exercise resources to ensure that the employee’s holistic health is cared for.

Mental health isn’t optional

Is your employee benefits plan optimized to support mental health? At GroupHEALTH, we understand why Canadian businesses of all sizes need a better benefits plan experience and why you shouldn’t feel trapped in a plan that doesn’t work for you and your employees. We support thousands of businesses across Canada, so let us help you! We’ll review your current benefits plan and advise you of your many options – all for free!

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