Manulife Financial has established a national mental health specialist team.

The team, the first of its kind in the Canadian insurance industry, will work with disability case managers to guide the management of all mental health disability claims and help ensure appropriate treatment and support is in place.

All of the team members have extensive backgrounds in mental health and will be led by Dr. Georgia Pomaki, who has a PhD in occupational mental health and a masters in clinical psychology.

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, mental health problems and illnesses are estimated to account for nearly 30% of short- and long-term disability claims in Canada. And in some major employment sectors, the number is closer to 50%.

“I am proud to lead a specialized and committed team that is delivering excellent outcomes for our clients and their employees,” says Pomaki. “As a mental health professional with over 10 years of experience in workplace mental health, I am very impressed with Manulife’s commitment to improving the mental health of Canadians by developing a national mental health specialist team.”

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