On-the-job stress a major cause of mental health concerns, survey of Canadian workers shows

By on September 14, 2018

From Safety and Health Magazine:  More than three-fourths of Canadian workers have missed time because of mental health concerns, with on-the-job stress the leading cause, according to a white paper from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and consulting firm Morneau Shepell.

Published in July, the white paper examines the results of a survey conducted by Morneau Shepell and Toronto newspaper The Globe and Mail over a six-month period in 2017. Seventy-eight percent of the 1,575 respondents – who were directed to the survey through the newspaper’s coverage on mental health in the workplace – reported missing work for mental health reasons.

At 34 percent, workplace stress was the top cause of mental health issues, followed by trauma at 22 percent. Among the workers citing workplace stress as the primary cause of their mental health problem or issues, depression (37 percent) and anxiety (32 percent) were the leading issues.

Other findings:

  • 72 percent of respondents felt their mental health issues negatively affected their careers.
  • 55 percent said their employer did not know about their mental health issue.
  • 69 percent were between the ages of 20 and 50.

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