MONTREAL, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Fewer Quebec workers have experienced a mental health-related illness
than Canadian workers as a whole, but are less comfortable sharing
their mental health issue with colleagues. These are some of the
findings in a Conference Board of Canada survey released last week.
According to the survey, 29% of Quebec workers have experienced a mental
health-related illness, compared to 32% for Canada, but while 28% of
Canadians are comfortable sharing their mental health issue with
colleagues, in Quebec the figure is only 21%.
"These findings show the need for increased education and communication
to combat the stigma, misinformation and apprehension surrounding
mental health in the workplace," says Claudine Ducharme, Director,
Health Solutions Consulting Services for Morneau Shepell.
"Employers must create a psychologically safe and healthy workplace. A
good place to start is with a strong, demonstrated and visible
commitment by senior management that can identify problems, make the
assessment, and control psychological hazards and risks."
Other survey findings are as follows:
51% of Quebec respondents report that their organization offers
supportive programs, services or benefits that address their mental
health needs, compared to 58% nationally;
18% of Quebec respondents say they received workplace information about
mental health in the past year, compared to 22% nationally;
57% of Quebec respondents report that managers are held accountable for
addressing workplace issues that negatively affect the mental
well-being of their employees, compared to 51% nationally.
The survey, called Building Mentally Healthy Workplaces: Perspectives of
Canadian Workers and Front-Line Managers, looked at what organizations
can do to create conditions in which employees experiencing mental
health issues can work more productively. The survey included 233
respondents from Quebec.
Findings Reveal Quebecers' Views on Mental Health Differs From Rest of
Morneau Shepell, which was a sponsor of the Conference Board survey, is
the leading provider of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services in
Quebec and across Canada. In September, the company broadened its
services to the Quebec market with the acquisition of Quebec-based
Jacques Lamarre & Associates. With the acquisition, Morneau Shepell was
able to offer over 900 Quebec clients, and more than 1.4 million
employees and their families in the province, a broad portfolio of EAP
solutions to complement its existing suite of EAP counselling,
work/life and child-focused services.
The Conference Board of Canada's findings in Building Mentally Healthy Workplaces: Perspectives of Workers and
Front-Line Managers in Quebec, is available at http://www.conferenceboard.ca/documents.aspx?did=4467
Morneau Shepell Ltd.
Morneau Shepell is the largest Canadian-based firm offering
industry-leading benefits and pension consulting, outsourcing, as well
as health and productivity solutions. The company works with clients to
develop innovative solutions that integrate with their business
strategies to achieve results. Through Benefits and Health Solutions
Consulting, Pension Consulting, Health Management, Administration
Solutions and Shepell•fgi's Employee Assistance Program, Morneau
Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee productivity, and
improve their competitive positions by supporting their employees'
financial security, health and well-being.
Established in 1962, Morneau Shepell serves over 8,000 clients, ranging
from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and
associations in North America. With approximately 2,500 employees in
offices across North America, we provide services to organizations
across Canada, in the United States and around the globe. www.morneaushepell.com
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