Inquiring after mental illnessEmployers have certain responsibilities before disciplining or terminating an employeeBy Douglas MacLeod and Fiona Martyn10/02/2017|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/02/2017In any given year, one in five Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem, according to a 2011 report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Credit: Canadian HR Reporter Illustration (Shutterstock) In any given year, one in five Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem, according to a 2011 report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.Although mental illness is often invisible, we should not underestimate its prevalence in society. Despite the growing popularity of mental health campaigns such as “Bell Let’s Talk,” mental illness remains a highly stigmatized issue. Employees are often reluctant to confide in their employers about mental health issues due to a fear of losing or jeopardizing their job, facing judgment from colleagues, or being too embarrassed to ask for accommodations. As an employer, navigating the fine lines of mental health can be quite challenging, especially since mental disabilities are usually more difficult to detect than physical ones. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.