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Mental Health Myths

Despite a profound impact on workplace productivity and business performance, mental health issues and increasing stress levels are not being addressed by Canadian employers, according to new research by Watson Wyatt, a leading global consulting firm.

The company's 2007 Staying@Work Canada report found that mental health issues are the leading cause of both long- and short-term disability claims (72 per cent and 82 per cent respectively), but only 15 per cent of responding companies conduct mental health risk assessments.

Less than 20 per cent say that addressing the stigma associated with mental illness is a priority.

"Lost productivity at work due to health-related matters can cost an average Canadian organization up to $10 million each year. And much of that is attributable to mental health and stress," says Joseph Ricciuti, Canadian health-care-practice leader at Watson Wyatt.

"Unless organizations and society in general start doing a better job addressing the major causes of time away from work, these hidden costs will only get worse."

Reproduced from http://thechronicleherald.ca/Business/1042954.html

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