Bringing people back to work

Gaps in support persist for employees with mental health issues
By Louise Chénier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/20/2014

In Canada, mental health issues contribute significantly to absenteeism, which is expensive for employers and employees. The annual cost to the economy is estimated at more than $16 billion, according to the Conference Board of Canada.

To reduce this expense, employers need to better understand the root causes of the absences and address the underlying issues.

For many employers, mental health is the leading cause of short- and long-term disability leaves. The average length of the leave is higher for mental health-related leaves — or when mental health issues co-exist with physical health issues — than for physical health issues alone.