Rethinking mental health care

The assessment of mental health issues requires sufficient time for a proper mental health diagnosis, along with a more integrated psycho-educational approach
By Karen Seward
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/16/2016

Despite at least two decades of extensive public education campaigns, increased workplace supports and advances in health care, mental illness remains a leading cause of disability in Canada. Many people experience a mental illness in their lifetime and the cost to the economy can be staggering. Add to that the devastating personal costs — unemployment, relationship breakdowns, reduced quality of life and, in extreme cases, suicide.

The reasons for the lack of progress also remain the same: limited access to specialist and services, a reluctance to seek help because of the continued stigma about mental illness and the complexities of receiving a diagnosis and access treatment.

Not an easy fix