With mental illness, raising awareness is still the next frontier

Firms across Canada are starting to take note of mental health problems and the costs they represent
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/20/2004

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n the spring of 2000, Georges Badeaux received a shocking piece of employee data.

“The plant nurse came up to me and said we had 43 people on short-term disability. Twenty-six of those were due to a mental illness,” said Badeaux, director of HR at OI Canada’s Montreal plant, which employs 675 people.