Last year, Starbucks impressed us with their $5,000 mental health benefits coverage. Now, Manulife has followed suit and boosted their mental health coverage to $10,000 for employees (one of the largest amounts offered by Canadian employers, according to Global News 2017).
If you follow workplace news, you are well aware of the Canada's Top 100 Employer's List that came out this week. Congratulations to all the winners! What an amazing accomplishment!
It is truly amazing to look through the list of Canada's top employers and see the inspirational stories of influential employers, the benefits they offer their employees, and the contributions they make to give back to their communities. We know that employee mental health is impacted positively by the comfort of a supportive corporate culture and having good health benefits...
When was the last time you went on a vacation? According to a TD bank survey, “93% of Canadians think vacations are important to be ‘happy’ but only 43% report using up all of the days they are entitled to” (Marr, 2014). As the third last nation in terms of mandated vacation days (CBC News, 2013), it is a little embarrassing that we cannot even make use of the very few days that we are allotted.
According to this recent article in the Globe and Mail, a report published in Quebec is highlighting the long-lasting benefits that psychotherapy can have on symptoms of depression and anxiety. The article mentions how psychotherapy is more cost-effective and long-term than medications, yet, medications are the first line of treatment offered to many Canadians when they are experiencing mental health challenges.