Do EAPs really make a difference?

Study shows return on investment of mental health support
By Patricia Alderson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/20/2015

An employee assistance program (EAP) is often the first step an individual takes towards regaining and maintaining good mental health — but little evidence has been available to illustrate the broader impact of these programs. A recent Canadian study paints a clear picture of the financial benefits for organizations that provide an EAP. 


EAPs provide employees with counselling and referral services to help them cope with mental wellness issues — a major cause of long-term disability claim costs along with short-term disability, conflict at work and absences.