The Economic Club of Canada

The Economic Club of Canada

June 22, 2015 06:00 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: WELLth Management: Mental Health at Work Challenge - Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 22, 2015) - 500,000 Canadians will not go to work today because of mental illness and that is a staggering number.

In an effort to raise awareness about mental health in the workplace, the Economic Club of Canada has partnered with Lundbeck Canada, Cookson & James Loyalty/ Best Life Rewarded, Mental Health International, Excellence Canada & The Mental Health Commission of Canada to bring an educational event series with a call to action to get employers involved with a national mental wellness corporate challenge. It is part of a coordinated assault to change the face of healthcare in Canada.

Many organizations are unaware of the massive hit to their bottom line caused by factors directly resulting from mental illness, such as increased drug costs, absenteeism, presenteeism, disability claims and decreased productivity. In fact, for Canadian companies, mental illness and mental health related problems impact 4% of the working population and equate to $20 billion GDP in lost productivity.

Following a successful launch in Toronto last fall, we look forward to building dialogue about reducing the stigma of mental illness in Ottawa.

Dr. Ash Bender, MD, FRCPC
Staff Psychiatrist and Medical Head of the Work, Stress and Health Program (WSH), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Orlando Da Silva
Ontario Bar Association
André Picard
National Public Health Reporter
The Globe & Mail
WHAT: WELLth Management: Mental Health at Work Challenge - Ottawa
DATE: Monday, June 22nd, 2015
TIME: 11:30 am-1:30 pm
WHERE: The Fairmont Château Laurier
1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Contact Information

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