Mental health problems can cause prolonged absences from work, and the cost to the economy is staggering. The Mental Health Commission of Canada estimates that problems or illnesses related to mental health cost the Canadian economy in excess of $50 billion per year.
“It’s the single largest category accounting for absences in the workplace,” points out Mary Deacon, chair of the Bell Mental Health Initiative. “The cost is clear, and now it’s time to act.”
Employees with mental health issues might think twice about taking time off work, even if they need it. “The problem is that people are reluctant to open up about their mental health problems, fearing it may reflect badly on them as employees,” says Professor Steve Harvey, dean of the John Molson School of Business.
Join Mary Deacon and Steve Harvey on Thursday, April 18 for the third of four public conversations on aging well, sponsored by Concordia and the Globe and Mail, as they discuss how researchers, organizations and businesses are tackling issues surrounding mental health in the workplace.
When: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 7 p.m. Where: BMO Auditorium, Room MB-1.210, John Molson School of Business Building (1450 Guy St.), Sir George Williams Campus