A new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health shows that of 2,219 Ontario adults, 40 per cent of respondents were found to be experiencing depressive symptoms. Results from the group, comprising people between 18 and 65 who had been working for more than a year, also show that 52 per cent did not perceive a need for treatment. The findings were reported recently in the Financial Post. The Post also examined how stigma and discrimination become factors in stopping people from divulging mental health issues or seeking help.
Mark Henick, program manager for CMHA’s Mental Health Works program, provided a workplace perspective.
Employers fail to recognize there is a power dynamic at play, said Henick.
“If an employer comes in and there’s a dangling threat of dismissal and punishment, of course employees are going to hide that they have issues going on,” he told the Post.
Established in 2001, Mental Health Works is a social enterprise of CMHA. It provides workshops and training on workplace mental health to both employers and employees.
Read the Financial Post article.