Mental health claims are on the rise in Canada. In fact, according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, disability claims have doubled over the last 20 years with mental health conditions accounting for approximately 47 per cent of them.
In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness. This translates to approximately 30 per cent of short- and long-term disability claims. The Canadian Mental Health Association indicates that these claims are estimated to cost our health care system $4.7 billion in care, $3.2 billion in disability, and more than $6 billion in lost productivity costs due to employees taking time off while sick, struggling to work while sick and turnover.
Preventing Mental Health Issues in the workplace
Mental health disorders that are unrecognized or untreated not only damage an employee's health and career, but can also reduce productivity in the workplace. Adequate treatment, on the other hand, can alleviate symptoms for the employee and improve job performance. Accomplishing this requires a shift in attitude about the nature of mental disorders.
This year’s CMHA Mental Health Week is encouraging Canadians to #GETLOUD about mental health. No one can be truly healthy and happy without positive mental health. To try to achieve this, Canadians require psychotherapy, counseling and community-based mental health services and programs.
Workplaces can play a critical role in maintaining positive mental health. By ensuring an open-dialogue and creating a safe environment for conversation, an employee may be more likely to seek treatment without being afraid of any ramifications from their employer.
Unfortunately, no workplace is immune from the risks of claims associated with mental health.
When faced with a worker injury or illness, you want to get the employee back to work and productive as soon as possible.
Injured or ill workers can have significant impact on financial and human costs for your company,however the process of managing disability claims can be frustrating and time consuming. Clear Path has you covered with our disability management services, helping you reduce your claim costs for your business.
If you need help, contact us for a complimentary 15-minute consultation.
Anna Aceto-Guerin, President and Senior Consultant
Clear Path Employer Services / HR Consultant
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