New site helps users navigate information, resources and support to cope with stress.
TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - With stress levels at an all-time high,
people are finding it increasingly difficult to manage stress in their
work, health and life. Morneau Shepell Ltd., through the Shepell•fgi
brand, has launched a new Online Stress Management Program. Focused on
the user experience, the comprehensive program features proven
techniques presented in an engaging and interactive real-time online
environment to help people more easily cope with stress and make
meaningful changes in their lives.
"We're finding that stress is one of the top three issues of which
people are accessing our Employee Assistance Program [EAP] for support,
year after year, and these levels are on the rise," explains Barb
Veder, Clinical Director, Shepell•fgi. "Unless individuals are provided
with immediate, proper care, these issues can develop into more serious
and longer-lasting mental and physical health conditions."
Interactive features added to the program include important tools such
as action email reminders, a three-month goal overview calendar, an
area to record thoughts and evaluate one's thinking patterns,
stress-busting games and activities and real-time status indicators
showing goal progress.
The online program provides users with anytime, anywhere access via the
Internet so individuals can work at their own pace and convenience with
ensured confidentiality. Based on detailed individual stress
assessments users can learn techniques, set goals, create an action
plan for behaviour change and monitor their progress.
In 2010, almost one-quarter (24%) of Canadians aged 15 or older felt
that most days were extremely or quite stressful.1 Employers also have reason for concern; mental health problems can
result in lost productivity, absenteeism and burnout, costing the
Canadian economy an estimated $14.4 billion.2
"In our business, people come first and by continuing to focus on how
and when those people want to receive support, we're introducing new
and unique programs that are making it even easier for them to seek and
receive confidential assistance," states Rita Fridella, Senior
Vice-President, Operations and Chief Clinician, Shepell•fgi. "We're
able to help clients who are more likely to access support online, be
it via a website, instant chat or mobile app."
Morneau Shepell is the largest Canadian-based firm offering
industry-leading benefits and pension consulting, outsourcing, as well
as health and productivity solutions. The company works with clients to
develop innovative solutions that integrate with their business
strategies to achieve results. Through Benefits and Health Solutions
Consulting, Pension Consulting, Health Management, Administration
Solutions and Shepell•fgi's Employee Assistance Program, Morneau
Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee productivity, and
improve their competitive positions by supporting their employees'
financial security, health and well-being.
Established in 1962, Morneau Shepell serves over 8,000 clients, ranging
from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and
associations in North America. With approximately 2,500 employees in
offices across North America, we provide services to organizations
across Canada, in the United Sates and around the globe.
Morneau Shepell Inc. is a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TSX). For more information, visit www.morneaushepell.com.
1 Adapted from Statistics Canada, http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/110621/dq110621b-eng.htm, Oct. 6 2011.
2 T. Stephens and N. Joubert, "The economic burden of mental health
problems in Canada," Chronic Dis Can. (2001); 22(1):18-23, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11397346.
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