Mental health at work in Canada

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Mental health at work is a serious issue for Canadians, who keep quiet for fear of repercussions

A new report dealing with mental health in Canada is shedding light on numerous problems. Firstly, the report clearly illustrates how the last year has been heavy on Canadians’ mental health. Secondly, there is also the issue of mental health at work. The research includes a survey of 3000 Canadians. According to the report, over 44 percent of respondents would be unwilling to share their issues with their employers. Many fear repercussions, especially they fear this could hinder their future career growth.

This is a pivotal social problem because unemployed people and those with reduced salaries experience the steepest increase in stress and depression. Moreover, the research underlines how the social stigma attached to mental health problems persists. 36% percent of respondents would feel negative about themselves if they had mental issues. And this negative feedback is especially characteristic of younger (20-39 years old) age groups.

The 44 percent who stated their career would suffer if they were transparent about their issues also had the lowest mental health score. All in all, among the three types of stigma (self-stigma, workplace stigma, and social stigma), workplace stigma is more prevalent. And again, such stigma is more prevalent among young people.

In the press release for Morneau Shepell’s report, its president and chief executive Stephen Liptrap spoke clearly. “The extreme isolation and loneliness that we reported in recent months are having a direct impact on Canadians’ mental wellbeing”, he stated. He also underlined how Canadians remain unsure of the future. “Through these times of prolonged uncertainty and isolation, organizations have an added responsibility to pay close attention to their team members’ needs”, he added. In order for Canada to recover socially and economically, the mental wellbeing of Canadians must be a top priority.