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The Co-Operators increases the benefits to mental health of its employees

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January 31, 2018 11:30

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The Co-Operators has tenfold benefits the mental health of its employees, bringing the total to $ 5,000 per year per member of the family, and has expanded the number of providers allowed beyond the psychologists and social workers to include family therapists, counselors and clinical psychotherapists.

«The facts are convincing. We know that one in five canadians will suffer from a health issue or a psychological illness during a given year, making mental health the leading cause of disability in Canada. As an employer and provider of group benefits, we see first-hand the impact of mental illness on Canadians, » stresses Rob Wesseling, CEO of Co-Operators.

An initiative at the scale of the company

Last year, the Co-Operators has implemented an initiative across the company that focuses on its employees, customers and the communities it serves. In addition to the increase of benefits in mental health, employees of the company have a policy for bereavement improved and have up to 20 days of paid leave in the event of a loss of a spouse or a child.

The Co-Operators also says that it is looking for solutions in mental health, including cognitive-behavioral therapies on the Internet, services of second opinion in mental health, in addition to its alliance with theUniversity of Regina for a study to better understand the disclosure of mental health in the workplace.

Economic impact of$ 51 billion

«The absenteeism, the costs of disability and loss of productivity that result in [mental health disorders] have an impact on our economy of the order of 51 billion dollars per year. The Co-operators is committed to providing access to innovative care customizable so that our employees have access to the care they need, where and when they need to deal with these health problems, » says Mr. Wesseling.

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