For over 30 years, Benedict Associates has been providing exceptional services and solutions for the wellbeing, growth and success of individuals, families, organizations and community.
The World Health Organization states that one in four people around the world will be affected by a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. In addition, the 2020 World Happiness Report reveals that more people are dissatisfied with their lives today than in the past. Negative feelings like worry, sadness and anger have been on the rise, increasing by 27 percent between 2010 and 2018.
While it’s difficult to diagnose and impossible to treat the global spread of mental health disorders and general life dissatisfaction, there is hope for anyone who chooses to seek help.
“It’s hard to live your best life under the burden of depression, anxiousness or a substance use disorder,” says Vaughan Mosher, managing director of Benedict Associates, a leading provider of wellness and organisational services. “Your relationships and home life suffer. Personal and professional goals feel distant, maybe impossible. And perhaps even worse, given the stigma still attached to mental illness, you may feel too ashamed to seek professional help and suffer in silence.”
At Benedict Associates, individuals receive support from professional and caring counsellors who help to improve or resolve specific problems through solution-focused therapy. Clients can also work with a private coach to break through personal or career barriers, improve decision making, and bring greater purpose and clarity to their lives. Any person who feels held back by a mental health issue, a psychological obstacle, practical challenges or uncertainty about how to meet life goals will find understanding and solutions through counselling or coaching.
In addition to individual supports, the Benedict team is also committed to providing programmes and services that elevate resiliency, leadership and productivity in the workplace.
“Employers want to provide effective resources for improving emotional well-being, creating work/life balance, and increasing workplace performance,” says Mosher. “Employees who are supported through programmes and training report less stress and improved job satisfaction—which minimises turnover, reduces absenteeism, and improves overall productivity. That’s a win for everyone.”
Organisations have a wide array of resources to access, from Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) to Organisational Assistance Programmes (OAPs). An EAP offers each employee a way to confidentially take care of their well-being, which in turn allows them to function in a more valuable manner and increase their work/life satisfaction. An OAP can be used to improve team productivity, provide training and development for company leaders, and even bring about a cultural shift throughout the entire organisation. Many businesses take advantage of Benedict’s custom-designed OAP courses. Some recent topics include diversity and inclusion, management skills, conflict resolution, positive workplace culture, and emotional agility. In addition, Benedict provides a wide range of psychological assessments for recruitment, development, promotion and succession planning.
“We have great success with leadership development and coaching and also with helping companies to identify high-potential individuals for leadership succession,” says Mosher.
Benedict Associates also has great success with education programmes, offering lunch-and-learn webinars to EAP client companies about mental illness, including how to support loved ones who suffer from a disorder. In addition, community workshops on a variety of mental health topics provide education and wellness strategies that help everyone improve their daily lives. Overall, Benedict is equally committed to providing support and promoting wellness for individuals, companies and communities.
“Compassionate and well-designed programming is especially important during this coronavirus pandemic, which has affected us all,” says Mosher. “There are higher levels of stress and anxiety as we all try to design and adjust to a ‘new normal.’ We need to keep talking about mental health. We need to be intentional about destigmatising disorders like depression and anxiety. This is a time for us to work together to take care of ourselves and each other.”