Employee Assistance Program: Beneva expands its offering to small and medium sized enterprises

March 26, 2024

Quebec City, March 26, 2024—Small and medium sized enterprises (SME) insured by Beneva can now benefit from its Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offering in partnership with Telus Health. The enhanced offering comes in the wake of a report conducted by Beneva in conjunction with Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC), which revealed that of the one-third of Canadians with access to an EAP, most (57%) would turn to it for mental health assistance over their group health insurance coverage.

For SMEs, the goal of EAPs is to help prevent and protect against the mental and physical health concerns of employees by giving them access to essential support tools as well as a wide range of resources.

Improved support

“Mental health is a major societal issue, and EAPs are designed to help address and manage urgent needs and serve as a kind of safety net. As an insurer with expertise in workplace health solutions, Beneva’s health and wellness initiative is guided by its purpose to provide flexible, caring support to all insureds as well as help provide peace of mind,” says Brigitte Marcoux, National Director, Practice Excellence and Wellness – Group Insurance at Beneva.

“EAPs are a critical part of the mental health infrastructure in Canada—helping reduce stigma, helping navigate mental health systems, and serving as a first line of engagement for many struggling with mental health issues. EAPs should be available to more Canadians and more Canadians should better understand what these services can do for them,” says Akela Peoples, President and CEO, Mental Health Research Canada.

For more, consult the official Mental Health Services Coverage report.

About Beneva

Created by the coming together of La Capitale and SSQ Insurance, Beneva is the largest insurance mutual in Canada with more than 3.5 million members and customers. Beneva employs over 5,500 dedicated employees: people looking out for people. Its human approach is rooted in the mutualist values supported by its employees. With $25.1 billion in assets, Beneva positions itself as a major player in the insurance and financial services industry. Its head office is located in Quebec City.

About Mental Health Research Canada

Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) is a national charity that serves to advance mental health through studentships, granting, data collection/analysis and strategic initiatives. As a leading mental health organization in Canada, we are dedicated to improving the lives of all Canadians by advancing mental health knowledge in unique ways—notably by leading, seeding and influencing to create better mental health systems. One example of our work is funded by Health Canada to monitor and report on the mental health of Canadians. We collect population data, analyze and report on it to governments and stakeholders nationally to support data informed decision-making on what people need and how our services are performing. Mental health systems and services cannot improve without research – research is an investment in the future.