Mental health claims on the rise

Insurers, researchers, employers take steps to reduce effects
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/08/2009

About one-quarter to one-third of disability claims in Canada are mental health related, a proportion that has been steadily increasing, according to Irene Klatt, vice-president of health insurance for the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association.

With the World Health Organization predicting depression will be the second leading cause of disability by 2020, mental health at work is something employers, and insurers, can’t afford to ignore, said Klatt.

“What can we do to reduce the impact of that? Are there steps that we can take? Are there early intervention methods?” she said.