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Source: Scotland – Highland Council

The introduction of a service to support the mental health and wellbeing of Highland Council staff and councillors is to be considered by the Council next week.

A report to Councillors will seek Members’ approval for the procurement of an Employee Assistance Programme for staff and Members which could offer telephone and internet-based counselling 24 hours a day.

The proposed service envisaged could provide personal support on a variety mental health and wellbeing issues and could help to reduce sickness absence; provide early intervention; and promote wellbeing.

The introduction of an Employee Assistance Programme through procurement is estimated by the Council to potentially lead to an annual reduction of £30,000 counselling costs to the Council.

Members will consider the report by the Council’s Occupational Health, Safety and Well Being Manager next Thursday 27 June 2019.

21 Jun 2019

MIL OSI United Kingdom