Women more likely to seek mental health support: Study

But many employees still fear stigma around mental illness
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2016

Women are more likely than men to seek treatment or use workplace supports for issues such as depression, according to research from Morneau Shepell. 

Sixty-three per cent of the 227 individual users of its Depression Care program, delivered in partnership with existing workplace EFAPs (employee and family assistance programs), are women while just over 28 per cent are women over 50.

The finding is not terribly shocking when you take a look at general EAP usage, said Barb Veder, vice-president of clinical services and research lead at Morneau Shepell in Ottawa.