Press Release | Family Services Employee Assistance Program Partners with MindBeacon as Digital Mental Health Provider
TORONTO – March 1, 2021 - Today, Family Services Employee Assistance Program (FSEAP), Canadian-based employee assistance program (EAP) provider, is pleased to announce its new strategic partnership with MindBeacon, the leading comprehensive digital mental health provider in Canada. The new partnership has been formed to better support FSEAP business members, customer organizations and employees in offering a new tool to assist them with addressing mental health challenges during COVID-19 and beyond.
By partnering with MindBeacon, FSEAP continues to grow its service offerings to better support customers in adapting to current market needs. MindBeacon offers internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) through its Therapist Guided Program (TGP), allowing for an alternative counselling modality for clients and greater choice in how they access mental health support.
“In the midst of COVID-19, we are finding more customer organizations asking for new tools to help support employees with the mental health challenges,” shares Joyce Zuk, Regional Director, Southwest Ontario at FSEAP. “Upon doing research into the iCBT products available, we found that MindBeacon was the best possible solution with strong clinical treatment options, high satisfaction scores, barrier removal through ease of access and exceptional service experience,” Zuk concluded.
With MindBeacon, users work with a dedicated licensed therapist via secure text-based messaging, who understands their particular needs and creates a program that suits them best. The therapist creates a personalized set of readings and activities that will help users develop the skills needed to feel better. As they work through the program, MindBeacon’s therapists are always by their side – there to review progress, provide encouragement and new perspectives to consider.
“We treat a number of different conditions from anxiety to stress, depression, PTSD and more at MindBeacon and after hearing FSEAPS’s need to offer a fully comprehensive digital mental health solution, we were thrilled to be able to support by making our services available to more people in need,” said Dr. Lori Ann Blessing, Ph.D., C. Psych., Clinical, Health and Rehabilitation Psychologist / Chief Clinical Officer at MindBeacon. “As added value and support, we also offer programs specifically designed for front-line workers to help ease their mental health challenges as they lead the way during the global pandemic,” Blessing added.
As FSEAP has grown its telephonic and video-based counselling options as a result of the pandemic and the restriction on in-person treatment, iCBT allows another option for employees seeking mental health support in a virtual way, now, as well as post-pandemic. The move further supports FSEAP in helping business leaders ensure employee well-being and productivity are at their highest, while allowing MindBeacon to offer mental health support that’s designed with a user-first approach, improving access to therapy that's available anytime and anywhere.
Founded in 1974, Family Services Employee Assistance Programs (FSEAP) is a national social enterprise division of Family Service Agencies providing employee and family assistance programs (EFAP) and Integrated Workplace Wellness Solutions. As the only national, not for profit, community-based EFAP provider in Canada, we strive to sustain healthy workplaces and strong communities. FSEAP's client centric services support customers large and small in every economic sector with evidence-based solutions that promote and maintain the health and well-being of employees and workplaces.
MindBeacon is developing a continuum of mental healthcare that includes self-guided psychoeducational and wellness content, Therapist Guided Programs and Live Therapy Sessions all offered virtually through their secure platform. As one of the first commercially available, digitally-native platforms to offer therapist-assisted internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Canada, MindBeacon’s professional service is designed around end users – their health, their way. Working with employers, insurance carriers and government ministries, MindBeacon’s services are accessible, affordable and, most importantly, proven to be effective. MindBeacon is changing the therapy landscape by making professional care available to every Canadian, no matter when, where and how they choose to access it.