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  • In any given week, at least 500,000 Canadian employees are unable to work due to mental health problems. (Centre for Addiction and Mental health)

  • The economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated at $51 billion per year. This includes health care costs, lost productivity, and reductions in health related quality of life. (Centre for Addictions and Mental health)

  • 20% of Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. (Canadian Mental Health Association)

  • By the year 2020 depression will be the second leading cause of disability worldwide. (World Health Organization)

  • 70% of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood or adolescence. (Government of Canada (2006) - The Human Face of Mental Health and Mental Illness in Canada)

  • Employees under continued work stress are 2 to 3 times more likely to experience mental and physical health problems. (Health Canada)

  • The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, the “standard” is the first of its kind in the world. Launched in January 2013, it has gained much attention and interest across the country, internationally, and across all sectors and sizes as leaders champion the need to focus on psychological health and safety in the workplace.

  • A psychologically healthy and safe workplace is one that promotes employees’ psychological well-being and actively works to prevent harm to employees’ psychological health due to negligent, reckless, or intentional acts. (Mental Health Commission of Canada)

  • Mental health problems and illnesses are estimated to account for nearly 30% of short and long-term disability claims in Canada. In some major employment sectors, the number is closer to 50%. More than 80% of Canadian employers rate mental health problems and illnesses among the top three drivers of both short and long-term disability claims made by their employees. (Mental Health Commission of Canada)

  • Organizations have a vested interest in helping to prevent the onset of mental and physical illnesses and to promote recovery. The longer an employee is away from work due to illness, the less chance there is of a successful return to the workplace.

  • “Mental health in the workplace is an issue that impacts all workplaces and should never be ignored. Keeping the workforce healthy and productive is simply smart business.” (Mental Health Commission of Canada)

  • “Mental illness is now the leading cause of sickness absence and long term incapacity in most developed countries…yet there remains a wide gap between what is published in health journals and what occurs in workplaces.” (Harvey et all, 2014)

  • “Research has shown that organizations that implement evidence-based psychological health and safety strategies usually perform better in all key performance categories from health and safety to key human resource indicators to shareholder returns.” (Collins, 2015)
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