Partners for Mental Health kicks off its Not Myself Today campaign
during Mental Health Week in workplaces across the country
TORONTO, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Employers can no longer afford to ignore
mental health at work; it's the elephant in the boardroom that is
costing Canadian employers and the economy $51 billion dollars a year. It's also keeping employees from reaching their full potential as they
suffer the immeasurable costs of stigma and lack of support associated
with mental illness.
Today, half a million Canadians missed work because of mental health
issues1 and according to a recent study conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of
Partners for Mental Health, nearly half of working Canadians agree that
work and place of work is the most stressful part of their lives. The
survey also revealed that 16 per cent of Canadians feel that work is a
frequent or ongoing source of feelings of depression, anxiety or other
mental health symptoms. Yet, these employees are often keeping these
feelings and issues secret rather than confiding in their employers,
colleagues or friends due to the possibility of stigma, discrimination
and lack of support in the workplace. In fact, the same Ispos Reid
study indicated that two in three Canadians would not have an open
discussion with their boss about their mental illness.
"The detrimental effects of unmanaged mental illness in the workplace -
from the impact on the individual, to loss of productivity, and to
increased disability claims - confirms the critical need for businesses
and individuals to take action when it comes to mental health" says
Jeff Moat, President, Partners for Mental Health. "Even though 44 per
cent of workers say they have or have had mental health issues, people
are still not talking openly about it in the workplace. This has to
change for the sake of business and the long-term health of all
In order to help drive change, the Not Myself Today campaign launches
today coinciding with Mental Health Week in Canada. This campaign is
designed to educate and engage Canadians on the issues of mental health
in the workplace. It encourages businesses to step-up and invest in
mentally healthy workplaces.
A key component of the program involves participating in a Not Myself
Day @ Work whereby businesses shine a spotlight on workplace mental
health and engage individuals in meaningful ways to facilitate
The national charitable organization, Partners for Mental Health is
leading the initiative as part of their mandate to transform the way
Canadians think about and support mental health.
1 Government of Canada, "The Human Face of Mental Health and Mental
Illness in Canada", 2006.
To get involved and learn more, please visit www.notmyselftoday.com or call/email Partners for Mental Health at 613-798-5862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the survey
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between
April 18th and 24th, 2013 on behalf of Partners for Mental Health. For
this survey, a sample of 1,058 working Canadians (not self-employed)
from Ipsos' Canadian online panel was interviewed online. Weighting was
then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's
composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census
data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample
universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a
credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within +/-
3.5 percentage points had all working adults in Canada been polled. All
sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error,
including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.
About Partners for Mental Health
Partners for Mental Health is a national charitable organization
dedicated to transforming the way Canadians think about, act towards
and support mental health and mental illness. Its mission is to engage
millions of Canadians to take action to support mental health by
participating in campaigns, events and activities that promote mental
health and well-being, contacting politicians to influence policy,
volunteering and fundraising.
SOURCE: Partners for Mental Health
For further information:
or to get involved in the Not Myself Today campaign please contact:
Catherine Mitchell / Kylee Berencsi
APEX Public Relations Inc.
416-934-2103 / 416-934-2115
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org