Today marks Partners for Mental Health's Day of Action, Not Myself Day @
TORONTO, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Following a month of active campaigning to
shine a spotlight on the issues around mental health and to create
healthier workplaces, Partners for Mental Health marks its Not Myself
Day @ Work, a national day of action.
Over the course of the four-week campaign, Partners for Mental Health
enlisted the support of 102 organizations, representing over 225,000
Canadian employees. Simply by participating, these organizations and
employees are playing a pivotal role in helping to transform the way
mental health is perceived and supported at work.
"My anxiety doesn't know when I'm at work - panic attacks don't happen
only when I'm at home," says Courtney Taylor, a corporate champion
volunteer for Partners for Mental Health who has suffered from anxiety
issues her entire life. "Since I publicly shared my personal struggles
with mental illness, so many people have opened up to me and shared
their own stories. They found courage because I found courage; the
domino effect I have witnessed has been inspiring on so many levels."
With the campaign culminating today, these businesses and organizations
will call attention to the issue in a big way from coffee mental-health
breaks, lunch-and-learns and fundraising and speaker events in offices
across the country. Employees will also be encouraged to wear their
mood button pins to enable co-workers to declare their support for one
another and to stimulate new conversations about mental health in the
"It takes courage to step up and lead change, especially around an issue
that is so strongly stigmatized," says Jeff Moat, president, Partners
for Mental Health. "It is only with the support of committed
organizations that we can end the detrimental effects of unmanaged
mental illness in the workplace."
In addition to benefitting the health and well-being of employees,
investing in workplace mental health can also help employers avoid the
financial consequences of ignoring the issue. It has been estimated
that $51 billion is the annual economic cost of mental illness in
Canada1; however 10 to 25 per cent of costs incurred directly by employers due
to mental health issues and illnesses could be avoided2.
A full list of participating sponsors, including founding sponsors
Scotiabank and Lundbeck, can be found online at www.notmyselftoday.ca.
To learn more, please visit www.notmyselftoday.ca or call/email Partners for Mental Health at 613-798-5862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
1 Lim, K., et al. Chronic Diseases in Canada, 28 (3), 92-98, 2008
2 Canadian Standards Association Group (CSA)
SOURCE: Partners for Mental Health
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