Canadian Human Resources
Free Shipping on Orders Over $25! HRM Guide Updates

Managing people, human capital and culture - Human Resource Management (HRM) is critical for business success. HRM Guide publishes articles and news releases about HR surveys, employment law, human resource research, HR books and careers that bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Search all of HRM Guide
Custom Search

Mental Illness Costs Economy More Than Physical Ailments

September 15 2010 - Mental illness is associated with more lost working days than any other chronic condition and costs the Canadian economy C$51 billion annually in lost productivity according to research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, published in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

In the first study of its kind, researchers analyzed data relating to short-term disability leave taken by 33 913 full-time employees in Ontario to calculate the actual cost of mental health leave. They found that it is disproportionate, on average costing double that incurred by a physical illness. A single individual on short-term disability leave for mental health reasons costs their employer an average of nearly C$18 000.

Dr. Carolyn Dewa, head of the work and well-being research and evaluation program said:

"In an average year, a firm with 1000 employees might expect about 145 disability cases. Of this, only a fraction are on disability due to mental illness, yet it costs employers the most."

The report suggests that workplace interventions can play a significant role in maintaining a healthy workforce and reducing costs. Implementing a continuum of care and support offers an effective preventative measure. Programs emphasising work-life balance, stress management, and access to physical fitness can improve employee health and productivity.

Carolyn Dewa commented:

"We know that mental health triggers in the workplace can lead to disability - things like stress, casual and part-time work, and uncertain economic conditions can really take a toll on workers - especially if there is a pre-existing mental health condition. And while it is important to support workers that are on disability leave, it is crucial that businesses make mental health and wellness a priority to prevent disability in the first place."

For help with mental health and behavioral problems, visit mentalhealthtreatment.net.





HRM Guide makes minimal use of cookies, including some placed to facilitate features such as Google Search. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to the use of cookies. Learn more here

Contact
HR Directory
Privacy Policy

Anything But Work
British Isles
City Visit Guide
Job Skills
Copyright © 1997-2017 Alan Price and HRM Guide contributors. All rights reserved.