The No. 1 mental health issue Canadian employees take time off work for By Carmen Chai If you’re unhappy with changes to your job, getting to work may feel like an insurmountable task. A new Canadian survey warns that 46 per cent of employees have taken time off work or noticed their colleagues take time away to tend to their mental health following workplace changes, specifically a READ MORE

How to reduce the stigma of mental health issues at work This is part of a series looking at microskills – changes that employees can make to help improve their health and life at work and at home, and employers can make to improve the workplace. The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell have created the Employee Recommended Workplace Award to honour companies that put READ MORE

Tackling mental health in the workplace By Natalie Paddon A janitor at a Hannon North facility opts to break up his workday into chunks. He’ll clean for an hour or so at the plaza that houses the headquarters for the Rainbow’s End Community Development Corporation, before taking a break to put on some coffee and read the newspaper. It’s not READ MORE

Anxiety and depression cost the Canadian economy almost $50 billion a year By Nicole Mortillaro Mental health is costing the Canadian economy billions of dollars, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada. The board found that depression cost $32.3 billion in lost gross domestic product. Anxiety cost $17.3 billion a year. The research concluded that almost one-quarter of Canadians are unable to work READ MORE

Consulting with Canadians on planned accessibility legislation Canadians, communities and workplaces benefit when everyone can participate equally in everyday life. There has been much progress in making our society more inclusive, but we can do better. This is why the Government of Canada is committed to developing new planned accessibility legislation to promote equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion and READ MORE

9 Things People With Mental Illness Want Their Bosses To Know 09/19/2016 Because mental health matters at work, too. Everyone dreads going into work sometimes. But for those with a mental health disorder, that feeling is more than just a run-of-the-mill case of “the Mondays.” Mental illness affects nearly one in five American adults in a given year. It brings about physical and emotional symptoms, READ MORE

Why Employers Need To Talk About Mental Illness In The Workplace Joseph Rauch This is the third part in a series about mental health and illness at the workplace. Here are the first two parts: 1. What Happened When I Told My Boss I was Struggling with Mental Illness 2. What Happens When People Reveal Their Mental Illness to Their Boss The workplace is the READ MORE

One man’s fight to help jets fly—despite mental illness 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 READ MORE

How to Talk to Your Boss About Mental Health Issues 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 READ MORE

Do Healthcare Organizations Care About the Mental Health of Their Own Staff? SOURCE: HealthCareCAN 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 READ MORE