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. 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.
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.