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Mental Health and the Work Environment

44% of Employees Have Experienced a Mental Health Issue

A Canadian study of workers has revealed that 44% of employees were currently experiencing or had previously personally experienced a mental health issue. Mental health issues are defined as excessive stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, addictions, substance abuse, mania, bipolar or other disorders. The results were nearly identical for employers with less than 50 employees and those with more than 500 employees.

The employees with mental health issues ranged from senior executives (40%) to service, labour and production staff (52%). Mental health concerns were present in every type of workplace environment.

Mental health impacts every area of a workplace, from focus on the job at hand to being able to effectively manage other people. Employees have different stressors, and they do not necessarily have to originate at the workplace to impact the workplace. Regardless of where stress originates, if employers want the best from their employees, they need to be concerned about mental health.

Interesting Statistics

  • Mental Health (anxiety and depression) is the fastest growing category of cost for disability claims in Canada.
  • Workplace health disorders cost Canadian companies nearly 14% of their net annual profits.
  • An employer will save $5,000 to $10,000 per employee per year for those who get treatment for mental health issues.
  • Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability for people 15 to 44 years of age.

In A Crisis?

If you need help, you can call the Mental Health Crisis Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their number is: 1-866-996-0991. They can assist you immediately and direct you to local supports.

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