Bell Let’s Talk Day 2022
Mental health continues to be a top-of-mind issue as part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, there is increased recognition of the key role of the workplace in supporting employee mental health and well-being.
A survey by Forbes Insights and the Families and Work Institute found that almost half of employees with a mental health condition experienced stigma or discrimination in their workplace. In addition, 56% of those who contemplated leaving their jobs due to a mental health condition said they did not ask for mental health support from an employer – largely because they were concerned about the potential of stigma and discrimination within the workplace.
To compound this issue, according to a 2017 survey by Mercer (results published in March 2018), only 34% of Canadian employees say they are aware of their mental health benefits.
As part of Bell Let’s Talk Day 2018, MHCC had outlined how having access to mental health benefits empowers employees and supports employers to improve employee satisfaction, productivity, and retention. According to the study, 97% of employees with access to mental health services would recommend their organization as a good place to work.
The infographic also indicates that 91% of respondents said they are more productive at work when they have support for their mental health needs, and that organizations with flexible workplace benefit plans had on average greater rates of employee loyalty (+9%) and trust (+9%).
At Russell Alexander Family Lawyers, we encourage everyone in our network to make mental health a priority in your life and for your colleagues, friends, and loved ones.