National Network for Mental Health is commited to people with disabilities


Work-life balance is more than just a buzzy term: a new Ipsos poll finds a significant percentage of people think a new career can lead to improved overall well-being.

“A strong 45 per cent said getting a new job or career would help their personal well-being,” said Jennifer McLeod Macey, a vice president of public affairs with Ipsos’ and a lead of its Health Research Institute.

“That’s a significant number of Canadians who think that they would feel better overall in life if they got a new job.” Continue reading

CivicAction makes a business case for addressing mental health in the workplace

Mental health issues affect more than 1.5 million workers in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas, according to a new study from CivicAction.

“The numbers are staggering,” CivicAction CEO Sevaun Palvetzian told Metro Morning host Matt Galloway on Monday.

Palvetzian said CivicAction’s estimate represents one in two workers in the area, “meaning everyone is one degree [of] separation from someone who has suffered or is suffering.” Continue reading

Special to The Globe and Mail

With public figures such as Clara Hughes leading the way to greater awareness and increased discussion around mental health, it’s still a largely overlooked issue in many workplaces.

Each year one in five Canadians will experience a mental health or addiction problem, and in some areas, such as Ontario, this number is as high as one in four. More worrying, these figures reflect only people who have visited a doctor for a diagnosis. The actual number is likely much higher.

Considering 20 to 25 per cent of a company’s workforce could be dealing with mental health issues, either personally or with a family member, it’s important for employers to establish programs that offer support and encourage open, judgement-free dialogue. Continue reading

One of the awesome things about working at Bustle (and I mean this) is that they’re a very cool workplace about mental illness; I’ve needed days off and peculiar scheduling because of my lovely combination of depression and PTSD, and nobody has batted an eyelid. But not everybody is in the same position, and you may be wondering about whether it’s a “safe” idea to disclose your mental illness to your employer, or if they’d just shove you out into the street while laughing at you for being crazy. (Hint: that will not happen. And if it does, call the media and sue.) You don’t have to tell your employer about your mental illness, but if it’s going to make your life and job easier if they can make some changes to help you, then it’s a good idea. And there are some ways to make it easier for yourself. Continue reading

Kathryn May, Postmedia News

Canada’s top bureaucrat is making mental health in the workplace a top management priority in this year’s performance contracts for all deputy ministers.

Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick has notified deputy ministers that they will be assessed on the health and well-being of their departments. That means a portion of their performance pay will be tied to how well their departments are faring in building a “respectful” workplace.

It’s the second year in a row that the public service’s top bureaucrat has made mental health a management priority, which advocates say is key to driving the rollout of a much-anticipated strategy on how to make the public service a healthy workplace. Continue reading

Most people spend the majority of their waking hours working. During those long hours, the office setting either promotes good mental health or contributes to poor emotional well-being. Despite the large role that office culture plays in employee well-being, most companies rarely—if ever—mention the subject of mental health.

Employers certainly can’t prevent all mental health problems. Genetics and past traumatic experiences are just a couple of the factors that can influence a person’s mental health. But there are steps employers can take to reduce stress and promote resilience. Continue reading

More than half (57%) of Canadian employers have not implemented a mental health strategy in their workplaces, according to a new report published by The Conference Board of Canada.

The report, Healthy Brains at Work: Employer-Sponsored Mental Health Benefits and Programs, which is co-sponsored by SCM Health Solutions, surveyed 239 Canadian employers.

It found that about 30% of respondents cited a lack of knowledge on how to address mental health as a reason for not having implemented a mental health strategy. Continue reading

Only 39 per cent of Canada’s employers have a mental health strategy in place, despite the fact that mental health is the top reason for disability leaves of absence in the country.

According to a new report, Healthy Brains At Work: Employer-Sponsored Mental Health Benefits and Programs, by The Conference Board of Canada, the majority of employers state that time and a lack of financial and human resources hinders their ability to implement such a program. Others say mental health is not an issue in their office or they lack knowledge on how to address it. Meanwhile, 23 per cent say strategies are not a legal or legislative requirement. Continue reading

At least four paramedics and four police officers have killed themselves this year across Canada. And those are just the ones we know about.

“These are the suicides that have been reported to us that we are able to confirm,” says Vince Savoia, founder and executive director of The Tema Conter Memorial Trust.

Toronto Police Const. Darius Garda’s body was pulled from Lake Ontario Thursday, the third death of an Ontario first responder over five days.

A police source told Global News Garda had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder ever since he was involved in the April 19, 2010 shooting at the foot of Cherry and Commissioners Streets — nearby where Garda’s body was found. Continue reading


It is critical for EMTs and paramedics to check in with one another and advocate nationally for recognition of PTSD as a work-related illness

Our EMS colleagues in Canada have been making headway in getting post-traumatic stress disorder recognized as a work-related illness. Ontario may follow Manitoba and Alberta’s move last year to help EMS providers manage their mental health conditions where there was little help previously.

PTSD is getting more attention, most likely due to returning veterans of recent conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world. The attention is tragically well deserved; active duty military personnel suffer the highest rate of PTSD. But it’s becoming more evident that homeland protectors, such as EMTs, paramedics, firefighters and cops, suffer from PTSD at much higher rates — six times — than the general population. Continue reading