March 2021 – Impact of Depression & Anxiety

As some of you may know, we are closely involved with the Council for Disability Awareness. This is a non-profit that does much in the US to promote disability insurance amongst consumers.   Last year, my CDA colleagues Dr Fraser Gaspar and Fred Schott were co-authors of a research paper, along with Daniel Jolivet, Kerri Wizner, […]

December 2020- Early Detection of Mental Illness

Early Detection of Mental Health Issues A Canadian-based employee assistance plan provider, Morneau Shepell, conducted a study in 2017 in partnership with The Globe and Mail to better understand the one in five residents who experience a mental health problem or illness within a given year. The results indicated that 72 percent of surveyed employees who reported mental health […]

September 2020 – Anxiety & Depression

Treating Depression & AnxietyWe are working with our clients to take The Claim Lab Psychosocial Questionnaires one step further. Rather than just stop at using data and statistical models to identify claims where a mental health intervention is required, we are now looking to assist in the application of the most appropriate treatment. This has […]

July 2020 – Is This the Tail?

“Is this the tail?” A Canadian based Employee Assistance Plan provider, Morneau Shepell, published a study suggesting that 72% of employees surveyed, reported that Mental Health problems had negatively impacted their career (note 1). Whether this career impact was real or just perceived, is it any wonder that employees do not wish to disclose Mental […]

May 2020 – “I think I can, I think I can!”

This month I want to take a look at a slightly different concept, self-efficacy and how it can help us predict a successful return to work.Self-efficacy is a surprisingly specific term that is often misused to describe confidence or motivation, but its true meaning refers to an individual’s belief about their capability to execute a […]

February 2020 – Making Mental Health Mainstream!

The World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Day was observed on 10th October – and gives us the opportunity to pause and think about how we can better support those who are struggling with their mental health. I am increasingly persuaded that we need to address mental health issues in a more systematic way, not […]

December 2019 – Unreported MH Issues

Unreported Mental Health Issues… We have been working with the Council for Disability Awareness, helping to push to understand more about the drivers of disability. One project, looking at the influence of mental health on disability claims, has been most revealing. For a while, The Claim Lab has been recording claimants’ levels of depression and […]

October 2019 – Understand Your Workforce

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to be invited to present at the Disability Management Employers Coalition (DMEC) annual conference. I shared the platform with two industry experts, Carol Harnett and Ed Quick. The topic was quality of data, and we coalesced our different perspectives to a common conclusion…. Claims data is poor and […]

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