Media Advisory - People Are Falling Between the Cracks as Mental and Emotional Illness Reaches Highest Levels Ever Recorded

    Shepell-fgi develops a new method for recognizing and addressing

    TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - In order to mark Mental Health Week, Shepell-fgi
Research Group has issued a white paper that found while some depression can
be managed through Employee Assistance Programs (EAP); ineffective,
uncoordinated services for serious mental and emotional illness remain the
norm for workers across Canada.
    To better identify and assist employees suffering from depression,
Shepell-fgi recommends a coordinated approach that links an enhanced clinical
service through the EAP provider with the case management services provided by
insurers. Such a coordinated effort would catch people earlier, accelerate
access to proper clinical support, promote a return to health and a return to
work, help to reduce the incidence of serious illness and reduce the mental
health costs of employers.
    The annual cost of depression in Canada is estimated to be $33 billion
with depression accounting for higher employee absenteeism than back pain,
cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and other mental conditions.
Depression and anti-depressant prescriptions are major contributing factors to
employer health care costs, which are rising by 15% a year.
    Rod Phillips, President and CEO, Karen Seward, Senior Vice-President,
Business Development and Marketing and Paula Allen, Vice-President, Health
Solutions and Shepell-fgi research group are available for media interviews
throughout Mental Health Week, which runs May 5 - 11th.
    The Shepell-fgi Research Group paper - "Best Practices in Depression
Disease Management" is available at:

    About Shepell-fgi and the Shepell-fgi Research Group

    Shepell-fgi is Canada's leading provider of workplace health services,
including prevention-focused Employee Assistance Programs. The company
services over six million employees and their families across Canada, the
United States and internationally. Shepell-fgi helps organizations maintain
healthy employees and healthy workplaces.
    The Shepell-fgi Research group, a division of Shepell-fgi, has a mandate
to educate employers and business leaders on physical, mental and social
health issues as these factors impact employees, their families and their
workplaces. The Shepell-fgi Research Group offers a precise understanding of
health and wellness trends by conducting sector and issue-based analysis.
Since 2004, the Shepell-fgi research group has published thirteen issues based
reports and seven sector based reports.

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