The World Health Organisation predicts that mental illness will be the leading cause of disability and absence in the workplace by 2030 if it’s not proactively addressed. It was clear employers need to play a role in delivering better support to their employees - and we set about reimagining the delivery of EAP in a modern, relevant way.
Workforces in New Zealand currently have few options available to them outside of the traditional Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) for proactively supporting their staff’s wellbeing. The workplace is an important community context, somewhere that can support people to address early mental health concerns.
With goals to decrease the annual cost of wellbeing spend, enhance employee engagement in EAP support programmes, and ultimately to change people's lives for the better, the design and development of an online support platform addresses the challenges that currently exist within the mental health sector.