Making the link between mental health and disability management

An employer’s role can seem ambiguous and it can be difficult to know where to start
By Matt Houghton
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/27/2017
Mental Health
To understand rising disability costs, employers must recognize the key role that mental health claims have on overall plan costs. Credit: GrAI (Shutterstock)

Rising employee benefits costs increasingly challenge a company’s ability to stay competitive. This includes the impact that disability claims have on overall benefits costs.

To understand rising disability costs, employers must recognize the key role that mental health claims have on overall plan costs. Seventy per cent of disability costs in the workplace are attributed to mental illness and one-third of short- and long-term disability claims are related to mental health problems, according to a 2014 report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

Compounding matters, employees with short-term disability claims that begin as physical concerns are at an increased risk of becoming long-term mental health claimants.