Supporting mental health may be rising to the top of SMEs’ agendas when it comes to health and wellbeing, but not all know how to offer it. However, it may not be as difficult as many think.
Support for mental health is often built in to group protection policies (employer-sponsored life assurance, income protection and critical illness). While these policies are well-known for providing financial support when employees are unable to work due to ill-health or disability, they also increasingly offer much fuller support, including for mental health. This can include:
- An Employee Assistance Programme
- Fast-track access to counselling, or other treatment for mental health
- Bereavement support
And of course, as financial issues can be a great source of anxiety, the financial provision that’s integral to such benefits is also a great support to good mental health too.
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