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Morneau Shepell honoured by Employee Assistance European Forum

Jul 25, 2017

International Student Support Program recognized for innovation and thought leadership

TORONTO, July 25, 2017 /CNW/ - Morneau Shepell's International Student Support Program (ISSP) received the 2017 Employee Assistance European Forum (EAEF)'s Innovation of the Year Award for thought leadership and innovation as a result of the mental health support it provides to international students.

Morneau Shepell’s Paul Wittes (seen on the right) accepts the Innovation of the Year Award from EAEF President Igor Moll (CNW Group/Morneau Shepell Inc.)

It is estimated that by 2025, eight million students will be studying abroad. Due to the stresses of living and studying in a foreign country, international students have an increased likelihood of developing mental health issues. This can directly affect how students perform throughout their years in an academic setting.

"Many international students do not have frequent access to the support network they likely have at home, which means most of these students require alternative methods of obtaining support in an effort to achieve success at school," said Rita Fridella, Executive Vice-President and General Manager, Employee Support Solutions, Morneau Shepell. "Academic institutions that offer the ISSP as a complementary program to their on-campus counselling services are able to establish a highly accessible and holistic support network for their students."

The ISSP provides instantaneous support for students with 24/7 chat through an app, online and by telephone, as well as ongoing support through telephone and video counselling. This means that students who are away from home have the opportunity to be matched with a counsellor that speaks the same language and understands the cultural context. This type of access to care provides students with immediate help that is unique to their specific circumstance.

"We are proud to have recognized Morneau Shepell for its impressive work in this industry," said Igor Moll, President, Employee Assistance European Forum. "The ISSP is an excellent and much-needed solution for international students who are seeking support."

Paul Wittes, Director, Global Clinical Services, Morneau Shepell, accepted the award at the annual EAEF conference in Milan, Italy in June 2017.

About Morneau Shepell

Morneau Shepell is the only human resources consulting and technology company that takes an integrated approach to employee assistance, health, benefits and retirement needs. The Company is the leading provider of employee and family assistance programs, the largest administrator of retirement and benefits plans and the largest provider of integrated absence management solutions in Canada. As a leader in strategic HR consulting and innovative pension design, the Company helps clients solve complex workforce problems and provides integrated productivity, health and retirement solutions.  Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves approximately 20,000 clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations. With more than 4,000 employees in offices across North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations across Canada, in the United States and around the globe. Morneau Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit morneaushepell.com.

SOURCE Morneau Shepell Inc.

For further information: Heather MacDonald, Morneau Shepell, 416.390.2625, hmacdonald@morneaushepell.com


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