Identifying the risk factors

Better management practices can help reduce effects of mental illness
By Virginie Gosselin
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/21/2017
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In any given week, more than half-a-million Canadians are unable to work because of mental health problems, according to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. 

At the same time, mental illness is one of the fastest-growing diagnostic categories, which represent one in three disability claims in the country, and it is estimated to cost the Canadian economy more than $50 billion per year.

Employers are facing a mental health crisis — one that’s having devastating impacts on individuals, families and workplaces. And the problem is only getting worse.