VICTORIA, May 7, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Propane Association (CPA) today announced that it is partnering with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to create an information service for CPA members in support of eliminating the stigma of mental health issues. This service will provide CPA members with better access to mental health resources and information for their individual organizations.
"As with all Canadian workplaces, members of the Canadian Propane Association face mental health issues every day," said Louise Bradley, MHCC President and CEO. "This partnership between the CPA and the MHCC will help to give members better access to the tools and resources to help them promote mental health in their workplaces and prevent mental health problems and illnesses whenever possible."
Bradley added that in addition to the personal toll mental health problems take on individuals and families, they also have an enormous impact on the economy, costing more than $51 billion per year including workplace losses. They are the leading cause of short- and long-term disability in the workplace, resulting in a staggering cost to employers.
The MHCC, which is funded by Health Canada, has partnered with groups and individuals across the country to help improve the mental health system and change the attitudes and behaviours of Canadians around mental health.
"There are over 20,000 Canadians employed in the propane industry that experience the same kind of pressures and stress that any other industry workforce may face," said CPA President & CEO, Jim Facette. "It is important for us to take a step back and consider the mental health of all employees to ensure the well-being and productivity of the entire propane industry."
On May 8, 2012, the MHCC will address delegates at the CPA Leadership Summit in Victoria, B.C., on how to protect the mental health of employees and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health problems.
"Mental health issues affect everyone and cannot be ignored. The propane industry is proud to support the MHCC and its efforts toward eliminating the stigma of mental health issues," added Mr. Facette.
About the Canadian Propane Association
With over 400 members, the Canadian Propane Association (CPA) is the national voice of the Canadian propane industry, a multi-billion dollar industry that impacts the livelihood of tens of thousands of Canadians. The mission of the Association is to facilitate the growth and best practices of performance for the propane industry in Canada, by acting as a unified champion for the entire industry regardless of geography or place on the propane value chain. The CPA's vision is to be the respected voice of and destination for the propane industry in Canada, and to champion a safe propane industry.
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