One of the UAE’s leading private healthcare companies will ensure employees can access mental health services outside of the Mediclinic network
Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from some form of mental illness, or 13% of the world’s population, but it is still one of the most misunderstood areas of health.
It has been suggested that people are more likely to seek help for mental health issues if it is linked to their employer or workplace for fear of stigma. Mediclinic currently provides psychiatric and psychological treatment for employees of the Mediclinic network. Effective October 1, an additional allowance will be provided to all members and insured dependents through the existing medical insurance policy to use mental health services outside of the Mediclinic network outside of the existing coverage in place .
Sam Browning, Head of Recruitment and Wellbeing Operations for Mediclinic Middle East, said: “As a healthcare provider, Mediclinic takes the health and wellbeing of its staff very seriously. When it comes to mental health specifically, we believe everyone should feel comfortable enough to ask for help when they need it. We understand that some Mediclinic employees may prefer to speak with a mental health professional outside of the Mediclinic group. We are delighted that from October 1, employees will be able to do this, using our existing insurance policy, but without the involvement of Mediclinic staff at any time. We hope this initiative will further encourage any member of our team to seek mental health support if and when they need it.