Amazon Launches Mental Health Benefit for U.S. Employees and Family Members | Financial Buzz

Amazon Launches Mental Health Benefit for U.S. Employees and Family Members

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has launched a new mental health benefit that provides every U.S. employee, their family and household with a place to start personalized, convenient and confidential support for mental health and daily life assistance.  These services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as it includes access to free counseling in person or through phone, video or text.  “Easy and affordable access to mental health care has become increasingly important as we all continue to navigate different everyday challenges,” said Beth Galetti, Amazon senior vice president of People eXperience and Technology. “Providing access to—and awareness around—mental health care is a critical responsibility for employers. This new offering will help us remove barriers and unnecessary stigma around getting help, to ensure our employees and their families feel safe and supported.”

“It is critically important that employers like Amazon evaluate and expand their programs and put a more significant focus on the mental health and mental well-being of their employees, especially as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic and begin to re-enter the workplace,” said Daniel H. Gillison Jr., CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). “Employers bear a responsibility to ensure access to and provide adequate mental health services to their employees. It is good for their workers and it is good for business.”

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