April 2nd is Canada Employee Benefits Day
Although 20% of Canadians are estimated to suffer from mental illness each year, many employers do not focus on the psychological health of their workforce. This year, Employee Benefits Day is focusing on mental health in the workplace.
Mental illnesses are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood or behaviour associated with significant distress and impaired functioning. Examples of mental illnesses include:
• Mood disorders (major depression and bipolar disorder)
• Psychotic disorders
• Anxiety disorders
• Personality disorders
• Eating disorders
• Problem gambling
• Substance dependency
Early recognition of mental illness and appropriate response can minimize the impact of the illness. Factors such as: social support, meaningful employment, adequate income and physical activity all contribute to better mental health and can assist with recovery from mental illness.
This Benefits Day we encourage you to educate yourself about mental health issues in the workplace and how you can make a proactive difference.
Find out more about National Employee Benefits Day 2013