Cigna Europe launches mental health initiative to support Whole Health
March 2022   COMPANY NEWS

Cigna Europe launches mental health initiative to support Whole Health

CEO highlights how current global factors are increasing mental stress for millions.
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  • New products and services developed by clinical experts to support multinationals and international organisations’ global workforce
  • Launch follows Cigna 2021 study showing 89% of globally mobile employees suffered from workplace stress in previous 12 months
  • Cigna Europe CEO Arjan Toor: ‘War in Ukraine, Climate Change and Cost of Living Crisis are increasing mental and psychological strain for many’ 

LONDON – 22 March 2022: Global health service company Cigna Europe today announces the launch of a new initiative aimed at multinationals and international organisations to help them support the mental health of their global workforce - following its 2021 study which revealed 89% of globally mobile employees suffered from workplace stress in the last 12 months.

Cigna’s mental health proposition features a suite of new products and services designed by clinical experts to positively support employee whole health and well-being, whilst helping organisations bolster the resilience of their workforce.

With 56% of globally mobile employees looking for mental health support from their employer – yet only 30% receive it, the innovative solution has been developed for employers to proactively support and address the full range of employee mental health – for those who want to remain well during a crisis through to those with more severe conditions. It comes as research reveals 12% of globally mobile employees admit their stress is unmanageable – almost a third (29%) of which suffer from physical symptoms like headaches and stomach pains due to workplace stress.

The breadth of products and services will allow employers to meet the needs of every type of employee – no matter where they are in the world and no matter where they are on their well-being journey, from local or globally mobile employees to professionals working for IGOs and NGOs. It includes:

  • Cigna cCBT, designed to help employees’ overcome barriers in personal and medical settings
  • Elevate, an extended clinical intervention programme designed to address the needs of participants with a formal diagnosis of depression or anxiety
  • EARP by Konterra, where international humanitarian staff receive tailored support through the Employee Assistance and Resilience Programme (EARP™)
  • Konterra Ad-Hoc Services, offering a range of tailored mental health and resilience services
  • IEAP, offering professional counselling, resources and information to help employees address short-term mental health issues caused by pressure at work or at home 

Arjan Toor, CEO at Cigna Europe, said: “Change is constant, and people have been adapting to all sorts of change since the beginning of time. However, while human resilience is built in, the last two years have been an unprecedented test of endurance, and many of us have had to find new ways to cope with life’s daily pressures.

“Add to this the war in Ukraine, Climate Change and the Cost of Living Crisis that can trigger anxiety, fear and overwhelm, and we can see the increased mental and psychological strain many are facing.

“As the Whole Health partner of choice for many of the world’s crisis responders, international peace-keepers and global corporations, we have decades of experience of supporting people facing challenging and stressful situations, whether at home or on assignment.

“We’re moving away from thinking about transactional healthcare. These new products and expanded services, our Whole Health ethos and preventative care approach will support employers to connect their people with the best care, at the right time, and in the right place – no matter what challenges they are faced with. With the right support, anyone with a mental or emotional health concern can still thrive”.

Dr Peter Mills, Clinical Director at Cigna Europe, added: “Hypertension, heart attacks, strokes and weight gain are just some of the health concerns linked to mental health issues. The impact of poor mental health is significant but very often preventable, and recovery is possible for many people.

“Employers should be focused on empowering employees to take a holistic and preventative approach, and developing a proactive mindset, when it comes to looking after their Whole Health. It’s not about getting employees back to physical well-being as soon as possible, it’s about creating healthy behaviours that can minimise the chance of physical or mental illnesses from occurring at all”.

For further information about Cigna Europe’s Whole Health mental health solution please visit Cigna Europe’s website.

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