Mental Wellness Strategies
Because we are at work it doesn't mean that mental health needs to take a back seat.
Mental wellness is as much a lifestyle choice as being physically fit.
It becomes important that we integrate mental wellness into every facet of our lives. "When?" You might ask. Right Now!
Mental wellness need not be taxing or even conspicuous but it is necessary to overall well being.
If you find that keeping a "mental wellness date" with yourself proves to be difficult; use your electronic devices to schedule some time into your day.
Mental Health in the Workplace
The workplace can be a strong contributor to mental wellbeing, giving people the opportunity to feel productive and achieve their potential. Yet it can also be a stressful environment that contributes to the rise of mental health problems and illnesses such as depression and anxiety. With most adults spending more of their waking hours at work than anywhere else—and with many youth holding at least part-time jobs—addressing issues of mental health at work is vitally important for Canadians.
A massive impact
In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness. Nearly a quarter of the country’s working population is currently affected by mental health problems or illnesses leading to absenteeism, "presenteeism" (coming to work but being less than fully productive) and turnover. Adults in their early and prime working years are among the hardest hit.
Approximately 30 per cent of short- and long-term disability claims in Canada are attributed to mental health problems and illnesses. Of the total economic burden caused by mental illness in Canada—about $51 billion per year—a staggering $20 billion stems from workplace losses. Read more: Making the Case for Investing in Mental Health in Canada.
Click to visit Mental Health Commission website
Mental Health First Aid
One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the better the outcome. Mental Health First Aid Canada gives people the skills to provide that early help that is so important in recovery.
Click to go to Mental Health First Aid Canada