The plan will be available for current corporate insurance clients who want to enhance their employer-provided insurance amidst Covid-19. During the pandemic there has been a higher demand for mental health support among employees. In a recent survey across the Asia Pacific region conducted by Mercer, 62 per cent of employees said they were experiencing stress arising from fear of being made redundant, while 64 per cent said they were concerned about the impact of working from home on their work-life-balance.
Mercer Marsh Benefits Singapore Health Leader Neil Narale commented: “If there’s a positive to come from Covid-19 and its impact on workforces, it’s that traditional stigma associated with employees acknowledging mental health issues and organisations providing pathways to better mental health is improving in Singapore. Mental health is increasingly being recognised as an equally important factor to physical health and wellbeing in a productive and healthy workforce.”
The new mental wellness plan will be available to employers who are insured with Aviva and includes coverage for employee mental health conditions, cost of approved medications, access to a panel of mental health professionals and cashless payment options.
Manu Tandon, Head of Group Life and Health Distribution at Aviva Singapore, said: “We also have a responsibility in addressing mental wellbeing outcomes as part of the pandemic response. Increasing accessibility to mental health treatments and services is a step in the right direction in normalising these issues.”