Help at Work

Mental illness affects 1 in 5 people and costs the Canadian economy about $51 billion every year. Informed, understanding workplaces can support health, productivity, and profitability.

People spend a tremendous amount of their time at work. It’s a place where you can develop strong connections and friendships. But every workplace also comes with certain professional and personal stresses. For people with mental illness and addictions, one such stress can be the fear of “being found out.”

Stigma in the workplace is a very real issue. It has an impact not only on the individual, but also real economic effects. However, when we treat mental illness and addictions with the same supports as any other illness, things can get better—both for the employee and the organization. After all, mental illness is no different than physical illness.