Why Every Employer Should Consider an Employee Assistance Program

May is Mental Health Awareness month. Approximately one in four American adults have a diagnosable mental health condition in a given year. According to the American Psychiatric Association, 50% of cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and three quarters begin by age 24.

These statics are staggering. Think of the impact on your workforce, not just for the employee but also their family members.

An affordable viable solution offered in the workplace is an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). An EAP is a work based intervention program designed to identify and assist employees in resolving personal problems confidentially. The coverage is expansive, covering a wide range of areas from financial, emotional support, family issues such as marital counseling, childcare and eldercare resources, and substance or alcohol abuse. All of these issues may adversely affect an employee’s performance at work. The service covers all members of the family and provides unlimited telephonic assistance and generally three or more face-to-face meetings. Most EAP providers work with the employee’s medical group to continue care if needed.

Every employee wants to know that their employer cares about them. If you currently offer an EAP, make sure to remind employees about this valuable benefit. If you don’t currently have this program in place, let’s talk about viable options. An EAP can be added to a benefit program at any time.

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