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A strong mental health strategy allows an employer to set a framework, identify gaps, address employee preferences and cover needs across the spectrum of mental health conditions
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Wolfgang Seidl

Workplace Health Consulting Leader
Mercer Marsh Benefits and Motivational Speaker


Moving beyond Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

The pandemic has highlighted the need for better access to mental healthcare, as more people suffer from stress, loneliness and depression. At the same time, complex mental health issues like addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder are on the rise.

Employers that had previously taken a passive approach to supporting employee health and wellbeing are now trying to proactively create workplace benefit programs that support mental health.

While an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has traditionally been the cornerstone of an employer’s mental health strategy, new solutions are allowing organisations to focus on prevention, resilience and internal policies.

For instance, digital platforms for scientifically validated therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can make it easier to offer solutions to all employees, improving access to care options outside of traditional face-to-face counselling.

When building a comprehensive strategy to support mental health concerns, there are three key items to keep in mind:

  • Use data to understand employees’ needs: It is important for employers to understand the unique mental health needs of their population.

  • Offer value to employees: A one-size-fits-all approach to mental health has never been optimal.

  • Reduce stigma: Employers should equip managers and supervisors with the skills to identify early warning signs of stress and mental health issues.

A strong mental health strategy allows an employer to set a framework, identify gaps, address employee preferences and cover needs across the entire spectrum of mental health conditions.


 

Download MMB’s paper to discover how to build a strategic mental health program that will lead to healthier and more engaged staff.

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