This is the third part in a series about mental health and illness at the workplace. Here are the first two parts:
The workplace is the most important environment to discuss mental health and illness, yet it is the last place we expect to hear about it.
Employees are afraid of discussing it with co-workers and bosses. They don’t want to lose their jobs, damage relationships or risk future employers learning of illnesses and judging them. The stigma of mental illness keeps them silent. Continue reading
Employers are turning to counseling services that can be accessed on smartphones
Companies want employees to seek mental-health treatment when needed, so they are turning to a tool already in workers’ pockets: their smartphones.
As employers seek to reduce the costs of untreated mental illness among staffers, more companies are trying mobile apps that help workers easily find and receive treatment. Some apps mine data about employees’ phone usage, or medical and pharmaceutical claims, to determine who might be in need of care. Others allow workers to text and video chat with therapists—in what are being called “telemental” health services. Continue reading
by Charlie Gillis
A debate rages: Should people with depression be allowed in jobs with life-or-death responsibilities?
Becoming an air traffic controller is one of the country’s most gruelling career paths: an ordeal of interviews, personality assessments, math exams and pattern-recognition tests that take place over months. So Jade Bethune was understandably proud when he reached the final stage of Nav Canada’s recruitment process, qualifying as a trainee at the company’s Pacific area control centre on B.C.’s Lower Mainland. If successful, the 34-year-old would be queuing up jumbo jets to land at Vancouver International Airport from his seat in a space-age setting of dimmed lights and ﬂickering consoles. Continue reading
I am a neurotic Jewish mother living in New York City with my two children, ages five and eight. It’s a familiar story here in the Big Apple. Where my story starts to diverge, however, is with my mental health. Unlike many of my fellow mothers, I am not just neurotic—I live with a panic disorder, PTSD, depression, and ADHD. On paper this looks overwhelming (no pun intended). But like so many of us living with mental illness, my diagnoses don’t define me, nor are they immediately apparent. Upon meeting me, it’s unlikely you’d feel something was particularly “wrong” with me. I come across as quirky, funny, and maybe a little anxious. But I certainly don’t look like the stereotypes we see in pop culture—you know, like the cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? (Thanks for that, Jack Nicholson.) Continue reading
Although we often read stories about successful Canadian startups – Shopify, Wattpad, Wealthsimple, and others – the reality is that many startups fail, and even those that succeed often experience a series of extreme highs and lows as they grow. With failure constantly looming, and workplace stress levels having doubled since 2009, according to a 2013 study by Morneau Shepell, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that entrepreneurs are more likely to experience mental health conditions than the general public. In fact, these mental health concerns have been reported across 72 per cent of entrepreneurs, compared to a mere 7 per cent of the general public, leading to what’s been termed the “Founder’s Blues.” Continue reading
Think about how much to say, and when to say it.
While most employees won’t hesitate to call in sick or tell their boss they need time off for medical treatment, many people are far more reluctant to do that when the issue is related to mental health.
Despite the prevalence of mental health issues in the workplace – one study from the U.S. National Comorbidity Survey found that 18 percent of employed respondents said they had symptoms of a mental health disorder in the previous month – they tend to remain hidden at work, in large part because the stigma still attached to them makes people hesitant to approach their employers and ask for accommodations they might need. Continue reading
Employee’s Health Comes First — Topic of Panel at National Health Leadership Conference, Ottawa, June 6-7, 2016
OTTAWA, ON–(Marketwired – June 05, 2016) – More than 500,000 Canadians are away from work each week because of mental illness, costing the economy over $51 billion a year — and some of the people hardest hit are healthcare workers themselves.
On Monday, June 6, a panel of experts will explore how psychologically healthy healthcare settings are essential to patients’ health. The panel will be held during the National Health Leadership Conference (NHLC), held June 6-7, 2016 at Ottawa’s Westin Hotel. The NHLC is co-presented by HealthCareCAN and the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Continue reading
Positivity can make all the difference in an employee’s journey towards better health. A positive mindset has some obvious mental health benefits including decreased stress, improved relationships and a lower risk for depression and anxiety.
What you might not have known, however, is that optimism has also been associated with some awesome physical health benefits. Many optimistic people are more resilient—meaning they can bounce back more quickly and easily. Their resilience helps them to overcome and avoid illness much more efficiently than their pessimistic counterparts. Continue reading
Workaholics, take note! You may be more prone to psychiatric symptoms such as depression and anxiety, researchers including one of Indian-origin have warned.
Scientists examined the associations between workaholism and psychiatric disorders among 16,426 working adults.
“Workaholics scored higher on all the psychiatric symptoms than non-workaholics,” said Cecilie Schou Andreassen from University of Bergen in Norway. Continue reading
By Janis Ramsay
Today is an important day for paramedic Natalie Harris.
The Barrie resident lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is celebrating the province’s passing of the Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act, which allows faster access to benefits and treatment through Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
“The first responder family is celebrating a long-awaited victory,” Harris said Tuesday. Continue reading