TORONTO — Starbucks is providing its employees in North-American stores and offices with a free subscription to the meditation app Headspace.
Starbucks Canada is working towards eliminating the stigma around mental health in the workplace by taking a holistic approach. The launch of the Headspace subscription is an extension of the company’s commitment to supporting employees in their mental-health journey.
Headspace offers guided meditations, informative videos, articles and animations to help users live a happier, healthier life.
This initiative is the latest way the company is working towards its goal of being a leading employer when it comes to mental-health support. Starbucks believes eliminating the mental-health stigma is about more than just starting the conversation and created a pocketbook resource to help employees support someone who is having a mental-health crisis. The tool was launched last year as a companion to the annual $5,000 mental-health benefit available to every employee who works a minimum of 20 hours per week, as well as their dependents.
Looking ahead, the company intends to implement a new Employee Assistance Program to connect more employees with specific resources and support. Dedicated mental-health training for store managers will also roll out in Canada and the U.S. in the coming months, inspired by Mental Health First Aid.