Guard.me International Insurance and Morneau Shepell Launch 24/7 International Student Support Program, AN INDUSTRY FIRST

TORONTO, April 17, 2015 /CNW/ - Effective immediately, Guard.me International Insurance, one of the world's largest insurance providers in the international education market, is pleased to announce a partnership with Morneau Shepell (TSX: MSI), Canada's leading provider of employee and family assistance programs, to provide an enhanced service for international students.

Through Morneau Shepell's worldwide network, Guard.me will be providing access to immediate and confidential culturally relevant counselling 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  Available in a language of choice, the customized International Student Support Program (ISSP) is designed to help students cope with feelings of loneliness, stress and anxiety associated with adjusting to a new culture while studying abroad.  The program is the first of its kind in the industry and is offered on a number of platforms, including online chat, video and email.

"I'm very excited to expand on the services we offer our international students," said Keith Segal, President and CEO of Guard.me International Insurance.  "Through the ISSP plan students will be able to receive support and counselling services 24/7, which is especially important when being away from home and studying abroad."

"We are very happy to be partnering with Guard.me. Today, we find that more and more young people are accessing counselling and advisory services through various digital channels," said Richard Albert, VP International of Employee Support Solutions at Morneau Shepell.  "This is why we offer support solutions around the clock through our video counselling, app or by telephone." Morneau Shepell is known for its award-winning technology, extensive global counselling network and high-touch, people centered approach.

The ISSP is just one of the many unique services that Guard.me offers its clients as part of its keep.me SAFE campaign to put the needs of international students first.  The short-term counselling model is intended to enhance local community services as well as Institutional resources to proactively prevent and resolve student mental health issues.  Completely confidential and voluntary, the service is available instantly and free of charge to students from Institutions that register for the program. 

About Guard.me International Insurance
Guard.me is among the world's largest insurance provider in international education serving more than 200,000 international students in Canada alone.  With over 17 years of experience, Guard.me recognizes that each case has a face and takes pride in providing a personalized experience for its clients. 

For further information please contact Steve Pankovitch at steve@guard.me or Clark Hortsing at clark@guard.me.

About Morneau Shepell Inc.
Morneau Shepell is the largest company in Canada offering human resources consulting and outsourcing services. The Company is the leading provider of employee and family assistance programs, as well as the largest administrator of retirement and benefits plans and the largest provider of integrated absence management solutions in Canada. Through health and productivity, administrative, and retirement solutions, Morneau Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee productivity and improve their competitive position. Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves approximately 20,000 clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations in North America. With approximately 3,600 employees in offices across North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations across Canada, in the United States, and around the globe. Morneau Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit morneaushepell.com.

SOURCE Morneau Shepell - Employee & Family Assistance Programs

For further information: Nathan Gibson, Manager, Corporate Communications, Morneau Shepell, 416-390-2641, ngibson@morneaushepell.com

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