Why employers should encourage staff to use EAP and counselling services

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Health Assured team

06 June 2017

In recent weeks, mental health has been high on the news agenda. The ‘Heads Together’ campaign, spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, followed by the recent Mental Health Awareness Week has placed the issue of our national mental health firmly in the spotlight. A report from the CIPD  showed that the number of people that have experienced mental health problems at work has grown from a quarter to a third over the last five years.  The mental health charity, Mind also found that mental health issues such as stress is now the number one cause of workplace absence. With the amount of time people spend at work, employers are in a unique position to put strategies in place to help employees with mental health issues. How many are doing this effectively and what support are they offering? Their research found that 45% of companies have a clearly-defined wellbeing strategy in place, compared to less than a third (30%) in 2016 – and 82% of these strategies now include mental health, with a further 15% of employers saying they plan to add mental health initiatives to their strategy in 2017. More than half (56%) of employers said that mental health support is one of the most effective wellbeing initiatives for their business, together with employee assistance programmes (EAPs) and on-site medical support. Excerpt from HR News, read the full article here.  

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