As you continue on your journey to build a mental health and wellness strategy, take advantage of Manulife’s Health by Design approach! Our Workplace Well-being consultants will work with you one-on-one to find innovative ways to improve the health of your employees at every stage of their total health journey.
In addition, take a closer look at Manulife’s plan design offerings to ensure your choices align with your members' needs. Remember, healthy organizations don’t happen by accident, they happen by design.
Work with us: one-on-one consultation
Whether your goal is to improve employee mental health, reduce absenteeism and presenteeism, attract and retain top talent or increase employee engagement, or all, our Workplace Well-being team is ready to support you on this journey.
How does it work?
Effective plans begin with strong design
Offering a plan that helps protect employees’ mental health is integral to building a strong organization.
We know the pandemic has only amplified the mental health issues faced by individual Canadians, their families, and workplaces.1 Organizations that disregard the impact the pandemic has had on their employees or neglect to pivot their mental health support offerings may face a business risk.
To better support employees’ mental health:
Include all mental health practitioners with a combined annual maximum:
- social worker
- clinical counsellor
- marriage & family therapist
Set the combined maximum for mental health practitioners to $2,000 to $4,000/year:
Mental health needs can be complex, and no one solution fits all. Some people may experience multiple, persistent mental health challenges. That’s why we recommend between 8-20 visits to achieve a therapeutic outcome for people suffering from depression and anxiety.2
Flexible and comprehensive mental health programs can contribute to:
- Right care based on needs: Give employees more choice when it comes to their specific mental health needs.
- Remove barriers: The most important factor for successful therapy is the quality of the relationship between the patient and the therapist and sometimes you have to try more than one to find the right fit. By covering all 6 standard mental health practitioners, your employees will have more options to receive the right support for them.
- Employee retention: 73% of young Canadians (aged 18-34) and 69% (aged 35-44) are more likely to leave their current employer for another that offers better benefits, with mental health (88%) being the number one factor.3
- 1 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2021;
- 2 “Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Adults with Major Depressive Disorder”, Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT), 2016 and Canadian Psychology Association, 2022;
- 3 RBC/Ipsos, 2022.