The Fight Against Depression

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Depression effects everyone, especially in relationships. When one person in a marriage or relationship is depressed or suffering mentally it can take a toll on both parties and the relationship itself will suffer.

Over the years I have dealt with many clients who fall into this category and I always stress the importance of a partner’s support.

A recent article published in the Science daily website, presents a study from the University of Alberta, demonstrating how important love and emotional support are when your partner is feeling depressed or suffering mental health issues.

Even though love and support may be difficult when your partner feels withdrawn both mentally and physically, it is very important they receive support in order to recover and to prevent the situation from getting worse.  Even though it may not seem so at first the depressed person gets a better feeling of self-worth when their partner supports them. The extra boost in self-esteem actually helps both parties since the partner providing the extra support subsequently feels better about themselves overall as well.

There are so many ways this support can manifest itself both directly and indirectly.

  • Start by listening or being empathetic
  • helping out with extra housework
  • taking care of the children
  • running extra errands
  • providing the emotional and physical support

This can be difficult especially when the recipient is uncooperative or lashing out. As long as the giving partner fully understands the situation and is willing to cope, the extra efforts will pay off in the long run.

Furthermore, this effect can be carried on beyond primary relationship. Love and support given to parents, siblings or close friends can have a similar effect and will go a long way helping the depressed person recover or get better sooner.

Recovery takes time, patience and perseverance, but is possible by working with a professional therapist and with the support of a loving partner.

Seeking professional help from a certified therapist specializing in depression is one of the first steps to take control of depression.


Written by: Sonia Panchysyn

http://www.lifechangestherapy.com/the-fight-against-depression/

 

HumanaCare HR Professional of the Year award

HumanaCare is once again proud and excited to be a part of the HR Reporter National HR Awards.  Jamie Marcellus, President of HumanaCare will participate as both a judge and presenter.  HumanaCare will once again sponsor the HumanaCare HR Professional of the Year award.

For last years winner, click here

Stay tuned for more information, the award presentations will take place during a Gala dinner in Toronto September 27, 2018.

 

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HumanaCare acquires virtual health platform Tranqool.

HumanaCare expands access with cutting-edge virtual platform

TORONTO, Ont. (May 8, 2018), /PRNewswire-iReach/ --

HumanaCare, a leading provider of employee and member health services is pleased to announce the acquisition of TranQool, a virtual health platform.

"Combining HumanaCare and TranQool drives innovation and employee engagement in our health and wellness solutions. TranQool gives us the opportunity to deliver care virtually, while providing a robust platform to expand access to our existing Employee Assistance Programs, Medical Second Opinion, Disability Support, Caregiving/Healthcare Navigation and Chronic Disease Management Services" said Jamie Marcellus, President of HumanaCare. " TranQool deepens our capabilities in a number of key areas as well as provides an exceptional direct to consumer market entry-point.  We look forward to working with the dedicated team of professionals at TranQool."

"The TranQool platform will provide HumanaCare members with chat and video access to counsellors and health care professionals.  The growing need for online access to health services is a shift that is happening and you're seeing HumanaCare and TranQool leading the way to providing solutions designed specifically for health care applications in the employee benefit arena" said Saeed Zeinali, Co-Founder of TranQool.  "HumanaCare's current and future clients will benefit greatly from the choice and convenience of online access."

The transaction closed on May 8th, 2018. 

About HumanaCare:

HumanaCare has more than 35 years of Canadian healthcare experience delivering improved outcomes through our Employee Assistance Programs, Disability Support Services, Medical Second Opinion Services and Health Services (such as healthcare navigation, Chronic Disease support and specialized case management services, for more details, please visit   http://www.humanacare.com

About TranQool:

TranQool is a virtual health platform that provides access to mental health services to people across Canada. Mental health is as important as physical health and TranQool's mission is to increase access to resources in the mental health industry. For more details, please visit   http://www.tranqool.com

Contact:

Jamie Marcellus

Phone: 18006618193

Email: [email protected]

Navigating the Organizational Impact of Legalization

In April of 2017 the Canadian Federal government proposed new legislation that will establish a legal framework for the production, distribution, sale and possession of marijuana/cannabis. Marijuana use will become legal for adults, with provinces left to determine the appropriate means for sale (likely through a regulated retailer). While there is much work to be done, the effective date of the legislation is expected to be Summer 2018.

As this groundbreaking legislation unfolds, employers need to consider the impact on the workplace. While employers should continue to expect that employees perform work duties unimpaired, they need to proactively review drug and alcohol related policies to be prepared. Given the increased complexity of this issue around legal responsibility to accommodate disabilities, organizations should consider legal consultation to ensure they are on the right side of employment and human rights legislations where there is prescribed medical use of cannabis for treatment purposes. 

Organizations will need to re-examine how they provide support for employees with drug and alcohol addiction. The consequences of legalization on addiction is not well understood but fairly debated, however at HumanaCare we are seeing a significant increase in addiction within our employer health services cases.  Through the first 5 months of 2017, there was a 40% increase in addiction related Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) cases compared with 2016. Of particular concern is the increased incidence of addiction cases for employees located in more remote and isolated communities. Many cases involving mental health have a cause and effect relationship, where substance abuse will exacerbate a situation, adding more complexity and severity (calls related to suicide increased 165% over the same period, with many having co-morbid addictions). Employers need to empower managers, supervisors and health and safety staff with knowledge and resources to effectively deal with employees that are impaired on the job and to address absenteeism due to addiction related issues. 

Employers need to take action now to review their health benefits and people strategies to identify any gaps/opportunities to ensure best-in-class support for managers and employees. Additionally, employers should look to organizational policy and procedure best practices to mitigate risk where workplace safety is a critical element to the organization.  

EFAP, Disability Support Services and education play an important role in an organization’s response to productivity, safety and employee health matters. These valuable services formulate a strategic response, allowing companies to proactively manage through challenging circumstances. Organizations must seek a partner who provides strategic guidance to lift the veil on areas of concern and build a value-driven roadmap to success.

 

About HumanaCare

HumanaCare is an integrated mental and physical wellness service provider because a compassionate, holistic, employee centered care model is a prerequisite to more improved, long lasting outcomes. Employees are subsequently less absent, more engaged and productive at work, generating a significant return on investment for their company. For our clients, we deliver improved outcomes through our Employee and Family Assistance Programs, Disability Support Services, Medical Second Opinion Services, Chronic Disease Management and Eldercare Support programs. HumanaCare has more than 38 years of Canadian healthcare experience.

 

Mental health in the workplace: The struggles employers face – and what can be done

YourNurse recently was recognized in the US publication HR Dive.

 

Read the full story here: Mental health in the workplace: The struggles employers face – and what can be done

YourNurse featured in Benefits Canada

YourNurse was recently mentioned in Benefits Canada:

First Health Care launches single-contact benefits service

 

Jennifer Paterson | January 20, 2016

 

First Health Care has launched YourNurse, a service that provides a single point of contact to help employees navigate their health benefits.

Employees can access all services through a single toll-free telephone number and through a nurse, who will ensure the individual gets the emotional, physical and/or social support to address their concerns.

“Employees shouldn’t have to struggle to get the help they need and employers shouldn’t be left in the dark about how the benefits programs they’ve purchased are being used,” said Jamie Marcellus, president of First Health Care.

“Employees face physical, psychological and emotional challenges that impact their health, well-being and engagement at work. We provide YourNurse as a fully-integrated service because we want to make it as uncomplicated and seamless as possible for employees to get the help they need and remain productive in their jobs.”

YourNurse also provides reporting to employers, showing clear outcomes to help organizations understand their employee population.

Innovation or Common Sense?

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YourNurse - Innovation or common sense?

New service provides integrated physical and mental health services for employees with easy single-point access and transparency for employers

MARKHAM, Ont. (January 19, 2016) – Replacing programs such as Employee Assistance Plans, Medical Second Opinion, Disability Support, Caregiving/Healthcare Navigation and Chronic Disease Management Services, YourNurse provides a single point of contact to help employees navigate their health benefits with experienced nurses as their guides.

Employee health services have focused on either a physical or mental health concern, but employees’ challenges are often more complicated. At the same time employers and plan sponsors deal with ambiguous reporting and unclear organizational value.

But a newly launched service — YourNurse — is bringing clarity to the marketplace and giving employees and employers the excellent service they deserve.

“Employees shouldn’t have to struggle to get the help they need and employers shouldn’t be left in the dark about how the benefit programs they’ve purchased are being used,” said Jamie Marcellus, President of First Health Care and a Registered Nurse himself.

Employees access all services through a single toll-free telephone number and through a nurse ensuring the employee gets the right emotional, physical and/or social support needed to address theirs concerns holistically.

“Employees face physical, psychological and emotional challenges that impact their health, well-being and engagement at work. We provide YourNurse as a fully integrated service because we want to make it as uncomplicated and seamless as possible for employees to get the help they need and remain productive in their jobs,” Marcellus said.

At the same time, YourNurse understands that information is critical to businesses. YourNurse provides clear reporting, showing every interaction as well as clear outcomes to help organizations understand their employee population. This enables employers to monitor trends and to customize services to meet the needs of their employees.

“We take the guesswork out of what counts as utilization,” Marcellus said. “Under our model, organizations are able to understand and unlock value, as well as have the option of usage-based pricing.”

About YourNurse:

YourNurse, a service of First Health Care, builds upon 20 years of Canadian Healthcare experience delivering millions of hours of care and providing assessment, consultation and case management services to Canadians through employer and retiree programs. First Health Care is accredited by Accreditation Canada, the highest standards for care and quality in the industry.

For more details, please visit http://yournurse.ca