Global Employee Assistance Programs: Going Beyond EAP for Mental Health

Over 300 million people suffer from depression worldwide. As employers look to innovate upon EAP programs and services, they are beginning to develop holistic mental health strategies and approaches to promote employee well-being.

As companies become increasingly global, employers are searching for ways to improve the health and productivity of their employees around the world by implementing employee assistance programs (EAPs) globally.

Over 300 million people suffer from depression worldwide. As employers look to innovate upon EAP programs and services, they are beginning to develop holistic mental health strategies and approaches to promote employee well-being. Engaging trends include:

  • Wearable technology to help address anxiety, bi-polar disorder and depression.
  • Life coaches to support work-life balance and holistic approaches to goal-setting.
  • Virtual reality training and technology to treat phobias and mental illness, specifically posttraumatic stress disorder.
  • Lay counselor network of well-trained community members who speak the same language as their patient, in locations with few mental health professionals.
  • Online mental health “hubs”. In Finland, every hospital implements mental health therapy through an online portal. This “hub” includes a questionnaire to determine whether users have mental health problems, along with signposting service to show people where to go for help.

As technology companies create more innovative approaches to manage mental health issues, it is important to strike a balance between promoting the use of technology platforms and human support.

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