Firms can’t ignore mental health (Editor’s Notes)

Canadian HR Reporter roundtable tackles critical topic
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/04/2013

If your organization isn’t tackling mental health in a proactive manner, with a well thought-out strategy, it’s playing a dangerous game with the bottom line.

The numbers are staggering. One in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year, according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

Nearly one-third of short- and long-term disability claims in the country are attributed to mental health and it costs the economy $51 billion per year. A good chunk of that total — $20 billion — stems directly from workplace losses.