Mental health at work makes good business sense Every year, one in five Canadians will suffer from a mental health problem or illness. That’s about 7 million of us. Despite how common it is, mental illness continues to be met with widespread stigma.
With more than 500,000 Canadians missing work each week due to a mental health problem or illness, and costing the economy more than $51 billion per year, no workplace is immune from these risks, and we cannot afford to limit our definition of occupational health and safety to only the physical.
Business plays a key role in fostering a positive work environment that emphasizes the importance of work-life balance that is why the Canadian Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to engage the chamber network in a public awareness campaign to educate employers on the importance of mentally healthy workplaces and to encourage them to adopt the National Standards for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. In October, as part of this campaign, we will initiate 338 Conversations on Mental Health in the Workplace. 338 Conversations will launch in late October on Parliament Hill. All MPs will be provided with toolkits for engaging their local chambers and their member businesses in conversations on the issue.
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Join us for our Business at Breakfast on August 29th at the Waterside as we tackle Addiction and Mental Health in the Workplace. Our speaker is registered psychotherapist Jennifer Nadon Murray of Newgate 180. Newgate 180 is Ontario’s leading non profit addiction rehab treatment centre. They offer individuals and companies proven comprehensive addiction treatment programs and have successfully helped more than 4000 men and women recovering from addiction.