Canada’s State of Mental Health in the Workplace
By the time you read this entire article 50 workers will have called in to work due to mental health issues.
What we must remember is that mental illness is as real as other physical issues such as cancer and heart disease. There is undoubtedly a connection between mental and physical health.
Mental illness doesn’t just effect someone’s mental, physical, and emotional health. It also affects productivity of workplaces, peoples’ jobs, and quality of life.
This week, about 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental health problems. In fact, about 70 percent to 90 percent of people with severe mental illnesses are unemployed.
On a yearly basis, 175,000 full-time workers don’t go to work due to mental illness. Mental health is also the leading cause of disability in Canada and the cost of disability leave for a mental illness is double the cost of a leave for a physical illness.
Every year, about 355,000 disability cases are directly linked to mental and/or behavioral disorders.
Even though there is a shocking number of people missing work due to mental health, people at work are at risk too.
With any job always comes with different types of stress. Good stress (eustress), for example, is stress that makes an employee challenged in their work environment.
Bad dress (distress) causes a burden to an employee, resulting in perceived or actual negative health effects.
Not only are individuals and companies suffering from a lack of support and access to treatment for mental health, the economy and country is suffering too.
By 2041, the cost of lost productivity due to mental illness is estimated to be $16 billion every year. Of the $51 billion is spent each year on mental illness in Canada, a staggering $20 billion stems from workplace losses.
If you notice you are struggling with stress, are suffering or know someone suffering from mental health issues at work or at home, contact ARC Counselling today. Our counselors and therapists can meet with you one-on-one to work through any mental health issues you have.