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Mental Illness Leading Cause Of Disability


One in five Canadians every year will experience some form of mental illness, says Dr. David Goldbloom, senior medical advisor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto; and chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Speaking at ‘Book Your Doctors’ Appointment, Now!’, the Toronto Area Chapter of the International Society of Employee Benefit Specialists keynote session for 2013, he said this makes it one of the single commonest form of illness in society. And while it is a leading cause of workplace disability, occupational health is “stuck in a steel toe mentality” where more attention is paid to physical injuries than to mental ones. He said it costs $51 billion a year in lost productivity, absenteeism, and presenteeism in the workplace. He said the uptake on the voluntary Canadian standard on psychological health and safety in the workplace released earlier this year has been good, increasing legal precedence of cases involving workplace mental health issues probably means the standard will eventually be legally required.

Courtesy of Benefits and Pensions Monitor website News Alerts

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