Mental health in the workplace (Guest Commentary)

Proactive stress management programs can prevent serious problems
By Maria Gonzalez
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/08/2006

In any given year, about 20 to 25 per cent of the Canadian workforce will suffer from some form of mental illness, according to the Toronto-based Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health.

That means, in a typical workplace, one in four workers will struggle with mental health issues, most commonly in the form of depression or anxiety.

It’s a huge problem that presents a huge opportunity for HR to take the lead and ensure sustainable performance. After all, there can be no sustainable performance without organizational health. Conversely, there can be no organizational health without the mental health of employees at all levels throughout the organization.