EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
Mental health policies creation
What’s in it for your company?
The very first benefit of working with us is we can help you comply with the requirements and the decrees of the mental health act.
We understand that all organizations must ensure that they are spending their financial resources strategically, but like physical health, it’s beneficial for your company to track and promote your employees’ mental wellbeing.
In the United States, it is estimated that $44 billion annually is lost to depression and its correlation to productivity.
Many studies have suggested that having a mental health policies and procedures including EAP can help your company boost productivity, attendance and lower down turn over rate.
These are just some of the benefits of having a solid mental health policy and procedure in place for your employees and your company.
What are your obligations as a company or a corporate leader according to the Mental Health Act?
The act mandates all employers to develop the required policies and programs on mental health in the workplace and its design must match the following:
1. Raise awareness on mental health issues;
2. Correct the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health conditions;
3. Identify and provide support for individuals at risk; and
4. Facilitate access of individuals with mental health conditions to treatment and psychosocial support.
Along with this, the Department of Labor and Employment or DOLE has directed employers, companies and corporations to
1. Develop guidelines and standards on appropriate and evidence-based mental health programs for the workplace; and
2. Develop policies that promote mental health in the workplace and address stigma and discrimination suffered by people with mental health conditions.
What are the benefits for your employees?
With the passage of the mental health acts, employees no longer need to fear that they will be discriminated against since the Act protects a person/employee affected by any mental health conditions. They should be allowed to exercise human rights and fully participate in society and work. The act also frees them from stigmatization and discrimination.
The Act also requires the confidentiality of all information, communications, and records, in whatever form or medium stored, regarding the person experiencing mental health condition.
Note that any violations of the provisions on nondiscrimination and non-disclosure may lead to a penalty of imprisonment or a fine of up to 200,000.