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This Mental Health Week and beyond, employers can support employee mental health using digital toolkits, mental-health coaching and by providing adequate coverage, says Marie-Chantal Côtè, senior vice-president of group benefits at Sun Life Financial Inc. Mental-health practitioner claims more than doubled between 2019 and 2023, according to a recent report by Sun Life that examined claims […]

Nearly four years after a global health crisis sparked an enduring spotlight on Canadians’ mental health, employees are increasingly making use of their workplace benefits while employers continue to push the boundaries in the programs and support they offer. Two-thirds (67 per cent) of Canadian benefits plan members used their mental-health benefits in the last […]

Although mental health is approached differently in workplaces around the globe, most multinational employers want to ensure a continuity of care and maintain a similar experience for all employees, while respecting local cultural and legal considerations. For Scotiabank, these considerations include focusing on what types of support are needed, what the employee experience is going […]

Employers can use Bell Let’s Talk Day to normalize talking about mental health and reflect on whether they’re ‘walking the talk,’ says Janet Candido, founder and principal at Candido Consulting Group. “Some employers I work with say, ‘Mental health is important to us,’ but then you might see the executive team rolling their eyes when they […]

Employers can use the time surrounding ‘Blue Monday’ to ensure they’re communicating properly with employees and highlighting mental-health supports, says Gianna Ricciardi, vice-president and practice leader at Vita Assure Inc. Blue Monday — typically the third Monday in January — is considered to be the saddest day of the year because the combination of dreary weather […]

Flight Centre Travel Group’s efforts to support employee mental health amid the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic resulted in a win at Benefits Canada’s 2023 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 20. The travel company won in the Mental-health program category for companies with fewer than 1,000 employees for its Healthwise program, which includes a […]

Dalhousie University is ensuring a menopause-inclusive workplace by offering resources such as a monthly support group for employees and manager training. “We took a leap in 2022 to include menopause as part of our wellness activities and have now expanded to a monthly support group that’s grown to more than 80 employees exploring the transition […]

In 2022, some of the top chronic conditions affecting group benefits plans were diabetes, obesity, depression and arthritis. Diabetes was the No. 1 ranked condition for drug claims in 2022, knocking rheumatoid arthritis down to the No. 2 spot, according to Telus Health’s annual drug plan trends report. And the 2023 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey […]

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Only 41 per cent of Black employees in the U.S. believe their company has an open and inclusive environment that encourages dialogue about mental health, compared to 50 per cent of white employees, according to a new survey by the Hartford and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The survey, which polled more than 2,300 U.S. employees, found […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 24, 2023 July 24, 2023
  • 15:00

The crown corporation’s senior director of workplace health, safety and wellness discusses leaning into prevention, mental-health leadership training and reconnecting with nature. Q: What new programs or initiatives are you looking to implement?   A: One of the things I think is so special about the world of well-being is how agile and adaptive we […]