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Mental Illness Cost Canadians $51 Billon

Mental Illness Cost Canadians $51 Billon

That is right, Mental illness costs the Canadian economy $51 Billion annually ?(2011, Conference Board of Canada)

Organizations are reporting approximately 30% of all disability claims and 70% of the associated plan costs are related to mental illness.

What is even more frustrating is 40% of mental health-related cases are misdiagnosed or under diagnosed, resulting in incorrect or insufficient treatment. Further, more than 50% of cases do not receive treatment at all (Journal of American Medicine).

Some strategies to decrease these costs, improve productivity and assist employees back to mental wellness include:

  1. Early identification and diagnosis of mental health concerns. Supervisors/managers can assist by watching for behavioural changes in their staff
  2. Effective treatment plan
  3. Return-to-work strategy that enables the employee to gradually ease back into work life
  4. Create a good Mental Wellness Culture by providing onsite programs, tools to train your employees to take care of their mental wellness


Conference Board of Canada of Canada. ?2011, June. Building Mental Healthy Workplaces Report