We are becoming more familiar with the devastating impact that poor mental health has in all areas of life, including the workplace. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (2014), “more than 30% of disability claims and 70% of disability costs are attributed to mental illness” and …“on any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians will not go to work because of mental illness.”
The continuous rise in the mental health of employees seems to be a big concern for employers, as they result in losses in both productivity and profit. In Canada, mental health claims are the fastest growing category for short and long-term disability!
Some questions that management often ponders are: Can mental illness be prevented? How can we recognize the symptoms early enough to offer early intervention? Can employees recover from poor mental health and return to work?
There is urgent need to invest in effective interventions that can reduce mental illness in the workplace. Prevention and early intervention are two key areas that management can focus on when considering interventions for their workplaces.
A prevention kit entitled "Mental Health at Work: From Defining to Solving the Problem" is a great resource developed by the University of Laval Chair in Occupational Health & Safety, that organizations can use to understand mental health issues and offer guidance on policies and programs to address mental health issues.
L&L Consulting is also a great place to start to help increase mental health awareness and maximize potential in your workplace. Have you done a workplace mental health assessment? Check out our services to see how L&L can help your organization.
For further information on the importance of addressing workplace mental health, please refer to this video from Mental Health Works whereby some of the most powerful spokesmen for mental health, such as Michael Wilson, the chairman for one of the largest retail companies, speak about the role of Canadian CEOs in improving mental health in the workplace.