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The numbers are in from a new poll conducted in April that details Canadian's experiences with mental health issues and how they impacted their lives, especially work. The main findings certainly do indicate that a large number of Canadians are dealing with mental illness and it is affecting their lives. The results include these staggering stats....
Today marks the start of Mental Health awareness week in Toronto! With the rising usage of social media in corporate and personal contexts, our focus this year is on raising awareness about mental health and social media. Are you a community manager? Do you manage a corporate social media account? Are you a social media guru? Blogger? Vlogger? Or regular Facebook checker? Then stay tuned this week to the blog and L&L Social channels for information, tips, personal stories, and strategies to maintain your mental health while using social media.
Riley Lynch, a fourth year physics student at the University of Guelph, a lover of the universe and nature, died by suicide on January 19 (Goffin, 2017). According to the recent article in The Star, this is the fourth suicide at the University of Guelph since September 2016 – the highest number seen in any academic year (Goffin, 2017).
Although counselling, anonymous peer support/crisis lines, therapy, and psychiatrists are available at the school to address students’ issues, the demand is higher than the supply. In addition, short-term issues such as breakups are focused on, as opposed to chronic or complex mental health issues that require ongoing and intensive care (Goffin, 2017). Students are at a vulnerable point in their life, due to many being away from home, often being the age when they are cut off from adolescent mental health services (Goffin, 2017).
On January 25th, 2017, Bell Let’s Talk Day marked the largest-ever corporate commitment to mental health in Canada, focusing on fighting stigma, supporting mental health research, and improving access to care while ensuring psychological health and safety in the workplace. On this 6th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day, Canadians responded in record numbers totaling 131,705,010 interactions across social media platforms (Bell Let’s Talk, n.d.). Bell donated an additional 5 cents for each long distance and mobile call, text, tweet, and Facebook share recorded, resulting in $6,585,250 raised towards mental health initiatives and groups in Canada e.g. Embrace Life Council, Strongest Families Institute, St. John Ambulance (Bell Let’s Talk, n.d.).
Last year, Starbucks impressed us with their $5,000 mental health benefits coverage. Now, Manulife has followed suit and boosted their mental health coverage to $10,000 for employees (one of the largest amounts offered by Canadian employers, according to Global News 2017).
The rise of absenteeism and presenteeism in the workplace due to mental health concerns is on the rise. Last week, the Montreal Gazette reported on the $412 Million paid by taxpayers for medical leaves in the Quebec Health network in 2014-2015. They go on to indicate that the majority of claims were reportedly due to employee burnout and mental health concerns. ... read on to find out how we can start to prevent this!