mental health benefits

New Mental Health Parity Guidance: More Clarity, But More Compliance Obligations

Anne Newhouse
 

According to speaker John Barlament, Shareholder, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, S.C., in his webcast “New Mental Health Parity Guidance: More Clarity, But More Compliance Obligations,” held on August 30, 2023, new guidance has been “desperately needed” on the topic of mental health […]

A New Demand for Workplace Wellness Programs As Employees Struggle

Anne Patterson
 

Workers faced new or heightened challenges to their physical, mental and financial well-being over the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of those challenges are still lingering. Workplace wellness benefits were forced to evolve from time-tested offerings like physical fitness, nutrition and health screening […]

8 Ways to Support Employees With Mental Health Challenges

Cara McMullin
 

As Mental Health Awareness Month (in the U.S.) continues, we’re sharing strategies and approaches to help leaders respond to employees with mental illness in a psychologically safe way. When employees have mental illnesses, effective accommodation can help them stay productive at work. Leaders […]

Five Steps to Reducing Mental Health Stigma at Your Workplace

Anne Patterson
 

Stigma can be one of the greatest barriers to psychological health and safety in the workplace, especially for employees with mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Eliminating stigma while increasing mental health awareness can support employees to seek help sooner, […]

96% of Workers Are Stressed: How Employers Can Help

Cara McMullin
 

April is Stress Awareness Month. As the pandemic continues and employers report high levels of stress in the workforce, the International Foundation’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits survey report reveals informative data on challenges and solutions facing organizations across the […]

How Gender Inclusivity Can Benefit Plan Sponsors and Members

How Gender Inclusivity Can Benefit Plan Sponsors and Members

Robbie Hartman, CEBS
 

Increasingly, U.S. and Canadian plan sponsors are offering gender affirmation and gender reassignment benefits as a way to attract and retain top talent, improve mental health outcomes, and foster a diverse and inclusive workforce. “Above all, [these benefits are] about removing barriers […]

COVID-19 Creates Shift in Mental Health Benefits Over Past Two Years

Anne Patterson
 

In less than two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new mental health challenges or intensified existing issues for workers across the United States and Canada. Organizations are expanding and enhancing benefit offerings, according to a new report from the International Foundation, […]