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Nearly three-quarters (71 per cent) of U.S. employers feel the deteriorating mental health of their workforce is having a negative financial impact on their companies, according to a survey by the Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. The survey, which polled more than 500 U.S. employers and 1,000 workers, found 34 per cent of employees reported […]

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  • April 28, 2022 April 27, 2022
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In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, people found different ways of coping, from baking sourdough bread to clapping for health-care heroes to drinking ‘quarantinis’ during Zoom happy hours. While the baking, clapping and drinking has tapered off for many, some employees have struggled with substance use as the pandemic drags on. But many […]

In Canada, the year-over-year cost increase for claims under a medical plan on a per-person basis is projected to reach 8.6 per cent this year, up from eight per cent in 2021, according to a new report by Mercer Canada. The report, which analyzed responses from 210 insurers across 59 countries, found the year-over-year cost […]

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  • March 30, 2022 March 29, 2022
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Ontario is revealing more about its previously announced plans to spend $12.4 million on more mental-health and addictions supports for frontline health-care workers. Following the provincial government’s announcement in its fall economic statement, it said Tuesday it will invest $5.9 million in services offered through hospitals, such as self-referral and intake services, online discussion groups and confidential clinician support. […]

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The Ontario government is promising to expand mental-health and addictions support for frontline health and long-term care workers by investing $12.4 million over two years. In its fall economic statement, delivered Thursday, the province acknowledged the toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken on these employees’ physical and mental well-being. “The COVID‐19 pandemic has had a significant […]

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  • November 5, 2021 November 10, 2021
  • 09:00
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Over the next three years, 67 per cent of plan sponsors said they anticipate investing money and/or staff resources in wellness areas outside of their health benefits plan, with 51 per cent focusing on investments in emotional or mental health, according to the 2021 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey. It found 14 per cent of plan sponsors […]

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  • October 27, 2021 October 26, 2021
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The pandemic has taken a dramatic toll on the well-being of Canadians, but one of the most notable trends has been its impact on employees with pre-existing mental-health challenges, said Lanie Schachter-Snipper, registered psychotherapist and national director of outpatient services for EHN Canada, during Benefits Canada’s 2021 Chronic Disease at Work conference in late February. […]

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Public companies that invest in their people have three times’ the return on their stock price of those that don’t, making a clear case for investing in plan members’ health needs and disability prevention strategies, said Tyler Amell, adjunct faculty at Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences, during Benefits Canada’s 2021 Chronic Disease at […]

More than half (54 per cent) of Canadians experiencing mental-health issues haven’t sought medical support, according to a new survey by Sun Life Financial Inc. Of those Canadians who haven’t sought support for a mental-health issue, 31 per cent said they felt they didn’t need help, while 25 per cent said they couldn’t afford it and […]

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  • March 8, 2021 March 8, 2021
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Changes to employment status, high-risk jobs affecting Canadians’ anxiety levels: survey

A quarter (26 per cent) of Canadians indicated moderate to severe anxiety levels, 23 per cent said they felt lonely occasionally or most of the time in the past week and 20 per cent reported feeling depressed occasionally or most of the time in the past week, according to a new survey by the Centre […]

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  • June 2, 2020 November 12, 2020
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