The power of e-mental health

New technologies are intersecting to create fresh opportunities
By Louise Bradley and JianLi Wang
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/31/2017
Stressed Out
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Every week in Canada, 500,000 people miss work due to a mental health problem or illness, according to a 2013 report from Statistics Canada. 

What’s especially worrisome is that it’s not the same 500,000 people every week. And that number doesn’t take into account people living with mental illness who want jobs, but can’t break into the workforce. Nor does it include those people who had jobs, but have been sidelined due to a mental health concern.

Even more troubling, those half-a-million people don’t include employees who call in sick citing a migraine or lower back pain because they don’t feel comfortable talking about their anxiety or depression. They stay silent due to the stigma that makes them feel they could lose their reputation, the respect of their colleagues, or even their job.