Managers need training on mental illness: Study

More than 90 per cent aren't trained to handle mental-health issues
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/13/2004

Employers may say they recognize the importance of addressing mental health issues in the workplace, but according to a survey, more than nine in 10 have not trained managers to do so.

The survey of more than 130 employers in Ontario was conducted by consulting house Mercer and by Mental Health Works, a service set up by the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Only seven per cent of respondents have trained managers to identify and address mental health issues. Close to two-thirds (65 per cent) said they have no plans to train managers on the issue in the next 12 months.