Bupa has launched a product to help employers identify the early signs of mental illness among employees.
The product, Healthy Minds, provides early intervention through employee engagement, online self-help programmes and round-the-clock support for employees with mild to moderate psychological disorders, such as stress, anxiety and depression.
Employees can also self refer themselves for support to avoid seeing a doctor.
The product includes:
- An engagement toolkit to promote the service and to encourage take up.
- A 24/7 triage service with a single point of contact for all members, which includes trained therapists available to make an assessment and to direct members to the most suitable treatment route.
- Short-term therapy, either face-to-face or via the telephone.
- A helpline providing financial, legal, dependent care advice and immediate resolution counselling.
- Online self-help programmes and access to online mental wellbeing programmes.
Patrick Watt, corporate director of Bupa Health Funding, said: “Mental health problems can have a significant impact on an organisation’s performance, productivity and absence rates.
“But they are struggling to address the issue, which is compounded by stigma, making it hard for employees to seek help.
“Healthy Minds gives line managers the reassurance that their team is receiving the best possible care for recovery. It makes it easy for employees to seek help and to feel that their mental wellbeing is clearly valued by their employer.”