Keyword: Depression

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Coronavirus pandemic drives 20% increase in new claims for mental-health drugs

Claims for medications treating mental-health issues like anxiety and depression reached 97 per cent of 2019’s total claims volume by the end of August 2020, according to new data from Express Scripts Canada. In addition, 2020 has seen a 20 per cent increase in claimants for medications relating to depression compared to 2019. “For the remainder of […]

Canadians’ mental health continues to be affected by the impact of the coronavirus, including concerns about a second wave, ongoing economic uncertainties and the added concerns of students returning to school, according to Morneau Shepell Ltd.’s latest mental-health index. For the fifth consecutive month, it showed a negative mental-health score, at negative 11, a slight […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 9, 2020 November 17, 2020
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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 […]

In the months following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, anxiety is on the rise over other mental-health conditions, overtaking depression as the No. 1 mental-health concern Canadians are seeking treatment for, according to a new analysis by MindBeacon Group. The organization’s clinical team, led by Dr. Peter Farvolden, its chief science officer, took a […]

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  • August 21, 2020 November 24, 2020
  • 15:15

iA Financial Group is launching a service for its group plan members to target major mental-health issues that contribute to absenteeism and disability claims. The new mental-health coaching service, which will be managed by health services provider Novus Health, is set to launch on Aug. 1, 2020 and will be provided to plan members for […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 20, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 09:15
Mental-health conditions, specialty meds driving drug plan cost increases in 2019: report

Private drug plans saw the largest yearly increase in their average eligible costs in 2019, according to Telus Health’s annual drug trends report. The report attributed the rise to a jump in the use and cost of specialty drugs and a growth in younger Canadians using medication for mental-health challenges. It also noted the repeal of the OHIP+ program […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 9, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 10:00
Canadians’ mental health remains low even as country reopens from coronavirus lockdown

Even as Canada begins to reopen from coronavirus lockdown, uncertainty remains high and Canadians need employer mental-health supports more than ever. According to Morneau Shepell Ltd.’s latest mental-health index, Canadians’ mental-health score sat at negative 11 in June. The index measures the score based on a pre-2020 benchmark of 75. While June’s score was one […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 6, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:30
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
5 benefits predictions for the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic

In the midst of the most significant socio-economic and health crisis since WWII — and maybe even longer — virtually every aspect of modern society has been affected in some way, and employee benefits programs are no exception. Before the coronavirus pandemic was in full swing in Canada, employers were focused on ensuring employees diagnosed with the […]

  • April 28, 2020 November 11, 2020
  • 08:30
Specialty drug usage, traditional drug costs drive small rise in 2019 spending: report

Private drug plans saw a slight uptick in costs in 2019 due to the increased use of specialty drugs and higher price points for traditional medications, according to Express Scripts Canada’s annual drug trends report. The report found private drug plan spending per claimant increased one per cent over 2018’s figures. Plans’ annual spend per claimant on […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 14, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 10:00