Executives unaware of impact of mental health: Survey

Organizations underestimate prevalence of mental illness at work
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/28/2008

Mental health issues are a growing concern for HR but few senior executives are aware of the impact of mental health on an organization, according to a new survey.

A survey of 452 Canadian organizations conducted by Mercer in conjunction with The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) found 80 per cent of respondents (of which 85 per cent were HR professionals) stated mental health issues have increased in importance compared to three to five years ago.

Mental illness is estimated to result in 35 million workdays lost every year in Canada and low productivity related to mental illness adds significant cost to employers. However, respondents reported that only 13 per cent of senior executives have a strong awareness of the impact of mental health on the organization.