- Over 500,000 Canadians missed worked today because of a mental health issue.
- $51 billion is the annual economic cost of mental illness in Canada
- 1 in 3 workplace disability claims are related to mental illness
These statistics are staggering. 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness directly and those who do not personally have a mental health problem will likely have a friend, colleague or family member who is dealing with a mental health issue. Everyone is affected by mental health.
The workplace can be a strong contributor to mental wellbeing, giving people the opportunity to feel productive and reach their potential. Yet, it can also be a stressful environment that contributes to the rise of mental health problems and illnesses such as depression and anxiety. With the majority of adults spending most of their waking hours at work, addressing issues of mental health at work is vitally important.
Last week, Partners For Mental Health, a national initiative, launched the “Not Myself Today” campaign, focused on raising awareness on workplace mental health.
“Every one of us has had a day when we don’t feel like ourselves. Now, imagine living with those feelings not just one day, but many days – and the shame, discrimination and lack of treatment and support that goes with it. This is especially critical at work – where so many of us spend so many hours a day.”
It is estimated that 10 to 25% of costs incurred directly by employers due to mental health issues and illnesses could be avoided. To learn more about workplace mental health and how your company can get involved in the initiative, check out: http://www.notmyselftoday.ca/