News May 14, 2024

Mental Health Awareness month

Breaking barriers, building bridges: Homewood Health’s commitment to mental wellness

Amidst the evolving awareness of mental health, May invites us to reflect on progress and remaining challenges. Despite more common conversations and reduced stigma, barriers like declining public services and long wait times still hinder access to care, making workplace benefits crucial.

The Homewood Health Employee Family Assistance Program, with over 140 years of Canadian mental health expertise, is a beacon of support. Beyond traditional counselling and digital resources, Homewood Health offers a comprehensive continuum of care for both employees and organizations.

From proactive measures to crisis management, Homewood Health EFAP assists with staying at work, facilitating return-to-work processes, and ensuring access to essential treatments. This Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s continue breaking down stigmas and bridging gaps in mental health care with Homewood Health.

Member services


Seeking support through Homewood Health’s EFAP offers individuals access to short-term, solution-focused counseling services tailored to their needs. Employing a client-centered approach, counsellors prioritize goal setting and problem-solving strategies, empowering clients to navigate challenges effectively. With a commitment to excellence, Homewood Health upholds professional standards, ensuring counselors hold a minimum of a master’s degree in their respective fields.

Moreover, the diverse clinical network comprises multilingual experts proficient in various areas, enabling Homewood Health to cater to a wide range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including First Nations Elder Healers and Knowledge Keepers.

Beyond counselling, Homewood strives to serve as a bridge to community services, offering specialized referrals and treatment options when necessary.

Life Smart Coaching

Homewood Health’s Life Smart Coaching service offers individuals personalized support and guidance to enhance members’ well-being and achieve their goals. Through telephonic assessments conducted by specialists, clients receive individualized attention to identify their unique needs and concerns.

Homewood’s expert coaches provide information and supportive coaching, drawing from their wealth of experience in the field. They offer customized searches for relevant resources, ensuring members have access to the most up-to-date and tailored information available.

In addition to one-on-one coaching sessions, members benefit from a wealth of resources, including topical workbooks, current articles, and referrals to online tools.

Pathfinder – online resources

Discover Homewood Health’s innovative digital tool, Pathfinder, available at Pathfinder offers a holistic approach to well-being, featuring unique features designed to support users on their journey to mental and physical wellness.

Homewood PulseCheck 

With Homewood PulseCheck, users can easily track their mental well-being using a simple slider tool, providing insights into their emotions and trends over time. This data enables Pathfinder to generate personalized, self-guided support and resources tailored to each individual’s needs, accessible directly from their Dashboard.

Dashboard and Pathfinder Journeys 

Homewood Health’s Dashboards serve as personalized hubs, offering individuals a tailored starting point for their well-being journey. Here, users can access guided Pathfinder Journeys, curated resources, PulseCheck recommendations, and counseling services, all customized to their specific needs and preferences. Designed to streamline the path to wellness, Dashboards provide users with a centralized platform to explore relevant resources and support options. Whether seeking self-guided tools or professional counseling, individuals can easily navigate their options and find the assistance they need to enhance their mental and emotional well-being.

MeetNow and Online Booking 

The latest addition to Pathfinder is MeetNow & Online Booking, providing users with the opportunity to connect with counsellors virtually in real-time or schedule appointments for future sessions. This convenient feature complements traditional support services offered via phone, enhancing accessibility and flexibility for users seeking assistance.

Childcare and Eldercare Resource Locators  

Homewood Health’s LifeStages services provide comprehensive support for families, catering to the diverse needs of both children and seniors. Through intuitive search engines within the online platform, users access accredited child and elder care locators, empowering them to make informed decisions about the well-being of their loved ones. With the most complete, impartial, and current information available, families can confidently navigate the complexities of personal and family care in Canada.

Workplace services

Homewood Health is dedicated to supporting employees and their families in both their personal and professional lives. Alongside a wealth of accessible counseling methods and solutions directly available to members, Homewood Health offers a unique, continuum of care options of workplace wellness and well-being initiatives.

Stay-at-Work Services 

An organization’s success depends on its employees being healthy and productive. Homewood helps them sustain good health through our integrated approach to the workplace mental health continuum. We support their health directly with proven programs and health promotion activities.

Return-to-Work Services         

A full spectrum of services that help employees to achieve a quick, safe and sustained return to work. This helps to reduce absenteeism costs and improve productivity. Services are evidence-based and delivered by a national team of health professionals.

Treatment Services 

More than 21% of the working population experiences mental health challenges that affect their work, so timely access to appropriate treatment options is key to helping manage their recovery, and organizational risk. We are here to help with expedited treatment options and coordinated management strategies.

For more information and support, contact your Saskatchewan Blue Cross Account Executive today.