Workplace stress is the primary cause of mental health issues: report

78% of Canadians say poor mental health is their main reason for missing work

One in five Canadians experiences mental health issues that prevent them from working, according to a white paper from Morneau Shepell and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

Morneau Shepell conducted a survey in partnership with the Globe and Mail that found that workplace stress is the primary cause of mental health problems, with depression and anxiety being the most common issues faced by Canadians.

Seventy percent of respondents said their work experience impacted their mental health, and 78% said that poor mental health was their primary reason for missing work.

The survey’s respondents either had a neutral (59%) or positive (26%) outlook on their mental health. Fifty-four percent said they had high or optimal coping skills. Fifty-eight percent said they had considered suicide as a way of coping with mental illness.

Click here to read Understanding Mental Health, Mental Illness and Their Impacts in the Workplace.

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