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Mental Health Commission of Canada releases new report studying implementation of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Oct 30
On October 15, 2015 the Mental Health Commission released its Interim Report on the Implementation of National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. 
Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) President and CEO Louise Bradley said “This week, 500,000 Canadians will not make it to work because of a mental health problem or illness. By 2041, the cost of lost productivity due to mental illness is estimated to be $16 billion every year;” and she added, “by improving the management of mental health in the workplace productivity losses can be decreased by as much as 30%”
Preliminary findings include:
  • Participating organizations have achieved 65% of the specified elements in The Standard at the interim phase in the project;
  • 90% of the participating organizations noted “Protecting the psychological health of employees” as the top reason for implementing the Standard, followed by “Right thing to do”, cited by 85% of the organizations;
  • Organizations increasingly use important sources of data such as absenteeism rates (74%), EAP utilization (85%), and short- and long-term disability rates (72%), etc., to assess employee psychological health;
  • More than 60% of organizations are taking actions to create respectful workplaces, enhance psychological health and safety knowledge among workers, support work-life balance, provide stress management training, and build resilience among workers.
You can download the report from the MHCC's website by clicking the following link:

Full Article Link: http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/document/77355/case-study-research-project-early-findings-interim-report