Bulletins and Articles
HOLIDAY STRESS AND ANXIETY PREVENTION
We're about to head into a high season
of get-togethers with friends, family, neighbours and
co-workers. We'll gather to share meals and take part in a
host of other colder-weather traditions. Many would suggest
these moments are supposed to make us feel good, filling us
with joy and a renewed sense of togetherness. So, why is it
that so many of us are finding that we no longer share this
MEN’S MENTAL HEALTH
Men and women experience many of the same mental health
disorders, but their willingness to talk about their challenges
and feelings are very different. The perceived standards of
masculinity and stigmas surrounding men seeking support
for mental health disorders continue to present challenges.
In scenarios where a lack of conversation surrounding
mental health related challenges exist, the absence of
communication may lead to a worsening of underlying
conditions and to a more acute state of the presenting
Here are some facts about Canadian men and their mental
Supporting Men in Getting Mental Health and Addiction Support
The following statements are sometimes used when speaking
about mental health and/or addiction support for men.
It’s a weakness for ‘real men’ to get help for mental health and
addiction. If a man is feeling sad or down, it’s not ‘normal’ or
‘masculine’, and they need to control their emotions and move
on. Men shouldn’t ask for help; they should be able to cope on
their own. Depression or anxiety in men is a sign of vulnerability
Simply put, these statements are inaccurate and apply to no
one. Perceived or real, men often face stigmas when it comes
to their mental health and/or addiction challenges.
360 DEGREES OF MENTAL HEALTH
Few things have a greater impact on one’s life than their
mental health. With at least 1 in 5 Canadians experiencing a
mental health disorder in their lifetime according to a 2015
study by the Mental Health Commission of Canada,1 there’s a
vast spectrum of possible mental health challenges affecting
just as broad a spectrum of people. Yet there remains a
commonality: mental health impacts how you feel and
function in some of the most significant areas of your life. ...
ADDICTION & RECOVERY
Regardless of income, race, colour, religion or gender, addiction does not discriminate and may affect anyone. Recovering from addiction is a lifelong journey where individuals are faced with varying obstacles and challenges throughout everyday life. The courage and strength of those recovering from addiction is unprecedented ...
Medical cannabis options for your group benefits plan
Pacific Blue Cross is committed to working with plan
sponsors and advisors to improve the health and wellbeing
of all Members. With the changing landscape in legalization
of recreational marijuana in Canada combined with an
increase in awareness, acceptance and access, there may
be a need to provide optional cannabis inclusion in your
Medical cannabis FAQ
To address the changing landscape in the legalization of
recreational marijuana, Pacific Blue Cross will be integrating
medical cannabis options into group benefits plans.
The details of how it will be introduced, coverage options,
THE LINK BETWEEN CONCUSSION AND DEPRESSION
Research has found that patients with concussions, or
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), are more likely to experience
depression compared to those who have not had a brain
THE MANY FACES OF PTSD
PTSD does not discriminate; it can affect anyone regardless
of their age, gender or race. PTSD is brought on by
experiencing or witnessing a traumatic, often life-threatening
event. At particular risk are individuals who work in
occupations where they are repeatedly exposed to trauma
under high levels of stress. Also at risk are people who
experience trauma in childhood and people with a family
history of mental health and addiction disorders.
Sun Life : Update on Cannabis
The laws on cannabis use continue to
change – with the most significant shift
coming later this year when recreational
cannabis will be legalized under The
Cannabis Act. The use of cannabis for
medicinal purposes has however been
legal for some time.
Tips for Leading Multi Generational Teams: PBC Vitality
In today’s workplace, managers and supervisors benefit
from and are challenged with the task of managing multiple
generations’ employees including Baby Boomers, Gen X, and
Millennials (also known as Gen Y). A recent study by Ernst &
Young identified that 75% of managers reported managing...
HOW TAKING CARE OF YOUR FINANCES CAN REDUCE YOUR STRESS LEVEL
Financial stress can affect more than your wallet; it can
have a ripple effect, impacting your health and relationships.
The relationship between mental health and finances in
some instances are dynamically linked. Experiencing
difficulties with your mental health may contribute to
financial difficulties, and vice versa, as an example, failing to
meet your financial obligations due to challenges with
anxiety or depression or alternatively experiencing anxiety
or depression due to mounting financial debt.
Employee engagement isn’t something that companies or industry talked much about
10 years ago, yet, today, companies have roles and teams in companies completely
directly devoted to it. In fact, Chief Engagement Officer is the new CEO.
The reason it’s been gaining a lot of steam is because, well, it’s important! However, we
are seeing that while companies understand the value of engaged employees, they are
struggling to figure out where to start and how to put together a comprehensive plan
to address it.
7 Ways to Bring Nutrition to Your Team
As employers, we want our team to be happy and
healthy. We also want them to be focused, productive
and present. But think about this: Cars don’t run
on empty. So why should your team? If you want to
maximize their output, you need to start with their
input—what they’re putting in their bodies, that is.
That’s why a focus on nutrition in the workplace is
essential to the success of your business.
UNCOVERING THE FACES OF ANXIETY
Approximately three million Canadians have an anxiety disorder and approximately one in four will suffer from an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.1
Recognized as one of the most common types of mental health disorders in Canada, anxiety disorders have a major impact on the lives of those affected. Having a better understanding of what anxiety disorders are, how they manifest, and techniques that can be used to manage anxiety, can help us support ourselves and others in minimizing anxiety symptoms. ...
Drug pooling is part of the solution, but not the whole solution
You may have been hearing the term “industry drug pooling” thrown around since 2013. That’s when the Canadian Life and
Health Insurance Association (CLHIA)—the not-for-profit membership organization that represents the insurance industry—
worked with member insurers to establish a framework for insurers to pool ...
We offer an update on what is happening in the employee benefits marketplace. Click on the links below to review past Bulletins and Articles.
SIX STEPS TO REDUCING WORK STRESS
One in three Canadians say work stress is getting them down.1 Can you relate? If so, there are ways to deal with the causes of stress and develop proactive strategies to help you reduce your stress and anxiety levels. Of course, not all stress is bad stress.
THE DANGERS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
There’s a darker side to how social media can affect us, however. According to researchers, the more time
you spend on social media, the more likely you are to suffer from...
Supporting Successful Return to Work
With maternity, parental or even short medical leaves, the timing and reasons for an employee’s extended absence are generally well understood and ...
LINKING EXERCISE AND NUTRITION TO A HEALTHY MIND
What the research is beginning to
show is that people who suffer from depression or anxiety may
improve their overall mental health through a balanced diet and
Clarifying group benefits and coverage and underwriting issues related to marijuana
Two developments in particular have raised questions by plan members...
Life Takes Centre Stage with Group Benefit Plans
Latest study on planning group benefits for Millenials and the evolving workforce.
and Condition Reports 2017
LIFE LINES Issue #2
LOVING, HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
We sometimes need to be reminded it’s the intangibles -- trust,
respect, caring, honesty and patience – that are the hallmarks of
Impacts of the new Employment Insurance Waiting Period for 2017
Provincial/Territorial Dental Fee Guide Increases for 2016
Ask the experts: What do I need to know before establishing a corporate wellness program?
Generic Drugs Versus Brand-Name – What’s the Difference?
B.C. Budget 2014: Medical Services Plan premiums will continue to increase
Pharmacy Compass: Pointing You Towards Savings
PBC has developed Pharmacy Compass, a free, interactive online tool that allows you to compare the prices of your medications at different pharmacy locations across BC.
Inter-Company Extended Drug Policy Protection Plan (EP3)
Effective January 1, 2013
Empire Manitoba Retail Sales Tax (RST)
Manitoba’s Retail Sales Tax (RST) will now be applied to some group benefits effective for July 15th, 2012. Empire has provided a great summary of the changes for your reference.
Legislative Changes to the Insurance Act
Changes to the Insurance Act - effective July 1st, 2012
2012 Federal Budget
Proposed Changes to the Tax Treatment of Group Accident and Sickness Plans.
Attention Sun Life Plan Holders
Recent amendments to the Insurance Act in both British Columbia and Alberta will come into effect on July 1, 2012
Insurers to share costs of high-priced drugs
Canadian life and health insurers are coming together to offer a new drug pooling framework, which they say will help to protect private benefits plans from high-cost drugs.
Changes to the Canada Pension Plan
The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is changing to better reflect how Canadians choose to live, work, and retire. The Government of Canada is adapting the CPP to ensure it...
After re-reading the article I wrote for Forum four years ago, entitled “The Road Ahead in Drug Plans”, I decided it was time for an update on this topic. At the time, I asked the question of whether the…
Critical Illness - Fill the Gap
A challenge we all face is trying to enhance benefits, particularly when it increases the cost of the benefits program. Adding Critical Illness (“CI”) to a benefits plan is no…
Group benefits and Generation Y
As the fight for talent intensifies, employers that understand gen Y and find ways to meet its needs could find themselves at a significant advantage…
Pharmacy Hygenist - Benefits Update
2009 brings changes and new responsibilites for Pharmacists & Dental Hygienists. We'd like to take this opportunity to inform you of several changes taking place in BC's healthcare environment and how these changes will...
Clear and Present Danger
Those employees who show up on the job instead of booking off sick are not to be applauded. While they may be at work, they are probably not really functioning…