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Even before the coronavirus pandemic, technology was blurring the lines between work and home life. An unhealthy attachment to our mobile phones made it easy to get lured back into our work worlds when we were supposed to be on vacation, socializing with family and friends or just enjoying some downtime. During the pandemic, millions […]

While the vast majority of Canadians say the coronavirus pandemic is impacting their mental health, just 60 per cent are receiving the treatment or social support they need. “We’ve asked them, what are the barriers? Why aren’t they accessing the resources?” said Sophie Ouellet, vice-president of business development at Sun Life Canada, during a session on […]

What tools can employers use to address employees’ sleep concerns?

Plan members living with insomnia or sleep problems could benefit from sleep-specific cognitive behavioural therapy programs accessible through their benefits plans. “One of the key things I’m going to say is benefits plans should offer some sort of online cognitive therapy for sleep,” said Atul Khullar, medical director of the Northern Alberta Sleep Clinic, in a session during Benefits […]

RBC Insurance rolling out additional mental-health resources

RBC Insurance is offering additional mental-health resources for plan sponsors and their members. The free resources include therapist-assisted online cognitive behavioural therapy through AbilitiCBT, as well as a series of manager mental-health training webinars to help employers support their workforce. These will cover a wide variety of topics, such as navigating the new normal, leading […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 10, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:15

The coronavirus pandemic has been disruptive for all and sadly, devastating and difficult for many. In the pandemic’s early days, we saw a great deal of change and upheaval very swiftly — both for organizations and our communities. The way in which we live our lives day to day changed very quickly. And for many Canadian employers, […]

Optima Global Health partnering with MindBeacon for online CBT

Optima Global Health is partnering with MindBeacon to offer its online cognitive behavioural therapy service to plan sponsors. “Mental health is more important than ever for our customers in today’s uncertain world,” said François Laflamme, president of Optima Global Health, a Quebec-based employee assistance program provider, in a press release. Read: MindBeacon launches digital mental-health […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 15, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:00
MindBeacon’s online CBT available for all Ontarians

MindBeacon Group is partnering with the Ontario government to make its online mental-health service available free of charge for everyone in the province. Beacon is a digital platform that guides individuals through a personalized course of cognitive behavioural therapy. Users complete the therapy with a registered health professional providing one-to-one guidance through digital messaging to […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 8, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:20
Morneau Shepell’s online CBT free for all Ontarians

Morneau Shepell Ltd. is partnering with the Ontario government to provide its online cognitive behavioural therapy program to Ontarians aged 16 and over during the coronavirus pandemic. The program will be offered as part of a suite of mental-health supports now available to Ontarians for free. “During this time, people’s mental health and well-being are […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 6, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:30
Empire Life adds mental-health navigator, TeksMed launches mental well-being app

The Empire Life Insurance Co. is including a mental-health navigator in all of its group benefits plans beginning May 1. Through the navigator, which is provided by Teledoc Health Inc.’s Best Doctors, plan members are guided by a registered nurse or social worker specializing in mental health. It draws on a care team of clinicians, […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 1, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:15
Webinar: Coronavirus and workplace mental health

While physical well-being is vital during the coronavirus pandemic, the situation is raising multiple mental-health issues, including rising stress levels exacerbated by job uncertainty and social isolation. Looking at mental-health policies and tools, innovative practices and work-from-home protocols, Benefits Canada hosted a panel of experts in a webinar on March 31 to answer plan sponsor […]