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Depression Care: Helping employers help employees

Depression Care: Helping employers help employees

April 26, 2016

The promotion of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace is nothing new. What is new, are the ways in which employers across Canada are addressing the mental and physical health needs of their employees.

Recognizing a demand for customized employee and family assistance program (EFAP) services that address the most serious threats to employee productivity, attendance, and retention, Morneau Shepell created Depression Care.

A specialized clinical program, Depression Care strives to help individuals with moderate to severe symptoms of depression. In conjunction with the individual’s own treating physician or general practitioner, the program’s counsellors and psychiatrists evaluate the individual’s condition and provide treatment as appropriate. Depression Care helps employees manage their depression by providing them with:

  • new ways of thinking, feeling, and working through problems;
  • relapse prevention strategies;
  • available support, so that they can overcome the challenges of accessing external healthcare providers and psychiatric services.